COVID-19 vaccination update, 23 March

Call out to people in the priority groups to book your vaccination now

In groups 1-9 and not had your jab yet? Book now

More than 880,000 vaccinations have now been given in Sussex. In just 15 weeks since the first vaccinations were given at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton that is a significant achievement – but we know there are still people in the priority groups who are yet to receive their vital protection.

If you are aged 50 and over, clinically extremely vulnerable, have an underlying health condition, or an unpaid carer, please book your vaccination as soon as possible.

You can book today by visiting the national booking service  or by calling 119. You can also receive your vaccination at your GP led local vaccination service. Find out more about where you can get your vaccination.

Appointments are available at vaccination centres, pharmacy led services and local vaccination services this week – please arrange your appointment now.

COVID vaccinations taken direct to heart of communities across the city

No one's safe until we're all safe

This weekend a new initiative to bring vaccinations closer to people’s homes went live in Brighton and Hove.

An ambulance kitted out to offer vaccination appointments started its tour of the city, aimed at reaching out to communities to make sure no one misses out on their vaccination.

The first locations were St Peter’s Church in York Place and Wellsbourne Health Centre on Whitehawk Rd. Over the coming days the team will be visiting communities, offering prebooked and walk in appointments.

It is all part of the ‘No one’s safe until we’re all safe’ campaign in Brighton and Hove to make it as easy as possible for people to get protected.

This week as part of the campaign, translated bus stop adverts also go live in the city to provide information for communities and encourage people to book their vaccination.

Reminder about transport scheme to support people to get to appointments

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:

  • East Sussex: 07871 603 235
  • West Sussex: 01444 275 008

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:

  • Do you have access to transport to attend your vaccine appointment?
  • Do you have a family member, friend or carer who can help with transport? They do not have to be in your bubble as per government guidelines.

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.

Angmering vaccine organisers win International Women’s Day prize from Morrisons

Angmering vaccine organisers win International Women’s Day prize from Morrisons

Elaine Burrows and Jude Walsh, pioneers of the GP Vaccination Service at Angmering Community Centre, have been awarded the prestigious Morrison’s Women of the Year award for all their hard work running the local vaccination service.

They were nominated by Alison Whitburn, community champion at Morrisons Littlehampton, who has been delivering treats to the hub as a thank you to the teams and volunteers.

To mark International Women’s Day on 08 March 2021, Morrisons Supermarkets wanted to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in business and in local communities – there were only 30 winners and Elaine and Jude were one of them. Congratulations!

Day of Reflection marked at vaccination centres and services across Sussex

Today vaccination teams across Sussex have marked the national Day of Reflection to remember the sacrifices made, the people who have died and the challenges overcome in the last year. At vaccination centres and services across Sussex the teams  – including at the Brighton Centre photographed below – marked the minute’s silence at midday to pause and reflect on the last twelve months.

Brighton Centre COVID-19 vaccination centre

Check before you share – new campaign to tackle false information

Avoid passing on false information and check before you share

When false information is shared, it can take on a life of its own and have serious consequences.

Recently there has been a lot of false information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

A new campaign from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s aims to tackle this and encourage people to think twice about the information they are sharing. The campaign provides simple tips to help to empower communities with the resources they need to help stop the spread of misinformation.

Help us to share the message – the toolkit includes videos, animations and quotes encouraging people to fact-check information before sharing online.

The NHS is the best source of info about the covid vaccine.

More information

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.

Find more information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme