Across the country, data on vaccinations is published weekly and now includes breakdowns including number of vaccinations by CCG area, MSOA, Lower Tier Local Authority (LTLA) and Parliamentary Constituency of residence, residents and staff in older adult care homes, and other workforce.
It has been announced this week that people aged 50 to 54 are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccination.
This is the final group of the initial priorities set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
People in this age group will be starting to receive texts from the national booking service this week, and letters from Friday. These will invite you to use the national booking service to arrange your appointment online or by calling 119 at a vaccination centre or pharmacy led service.
You may also be contacted by your GP practice, or the team supporting them such as their primary care network or GP Federation, to offer you an appointment at your local vaccination service.
Please take up the offer for this vital protection and arrange your appointment as quickly as possible.
Yesterday there were media reports about changes to the way the vaccination appointments will be offered in April.
Currently no new appointments are available for the vaccination centres and pharmacy led services after the end of March via the national booking service (online and by calling 119).
However, anyone in the eligible groups are able to use the service to book appointments over the next two weeks, and GP led vaccination services are also contacting their patients who have not yet received their vaccination to offer them an appointment. Local vaccination services will continue in April to make sure people most at risk can continue to receive their first vaccination.
In addition, services are currently starting to contact people to arrange their second dose appointment as they approach the 11 week mark. The vaccine for these appointments is confirmed and these appointments will continue as planned.
It is important to be clear that all booked vaccination appointments will continue unless you hear directly from a vaccination service or centre. Please attend your appointment and receive your vaccination.
We have received a number of enquiries about the use of the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine this week.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which regulates medicines and is responsible for the regulation of the vaccines being offered as part of this programme, has provided further reassurance this week after a review of all of the evidence.
Their statement says there is no evidence to support any of the concerns and people should go to their appointments as this is vital protection from COVID-19.
The benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19, with its associated risk of hospitalisation and death, far outweigh the risks of side effects. People should go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
They say blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been administered across the UK, and the number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population.
Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment are now able to book a free return journey to help them attend.
To book free travel please book your vaccination appointment first and then call:
to speak to a travel coordinator. The booking service is available between 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 Monday to Friday.
Once you are through to a travel coordinator you will be asked the following questions:
If both of these options are not available the travel coordinator will arrange transport for you, including any additional needs such as wheelchair-friendly vehicles.
All transport providers have signed up to a COVID-19 safety policy to ensure that all precautions are in place for a safe journey.
A community vaccination service goes live in Brighton & Hove tomorrow to bring vaccines closer to people’s homes.
The roving ambulance service will be parked outside St Peters Medical Practice on Oxford Street on Friday 19 March and outside Wellsbourne Health Centre on Whitehawk Rd on Saturday 20 March.
There will be a mix of pre-bookable and “drop in” vaccination appointments for anyone in the eligible priority groups. To book, simply call 0300 303 8060.
All people need to do to receive their vaccine is bring one form of ID (photo ID not required) and NHS number, if you know it. The team can look it up if needed.
Over the following weeks, the ambulance will be visiting other areas where vaccine take up has been slower, including Moulsecoomb and Bevendean and Brunswick and Adelaide.
The initiative is part of the ‘No one’s safe until we’re all safe’ campaign launched earlier this month by the local NHS and City council to make sure no one misses out on their COVID-19 vaccine offer, and to make it as easy as possible for them to get protected.
This week Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam took part in a virtual discussion with a selection of the England cricket team’s brightest starts, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan and Sam Curran, answering their questions around the Covid-19 vaccine.
Cricket commentator, Isa Guha, hosted the discussion and was also joined by Professor Nick Peirce, Chief Medical Officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), addressing the impact that Covid-19 has had and the importance of encouraging vaccine uptake.
Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each area, latest data, stakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.