Together with Brighton & Hove City Council we have launched a campaign bespoke to the city to make sure no one misses out on their COVID-19 vaccine offer – and we need your help!
The ‘No one’s safe until we’re all safe’ campaign is aimed at making sure everyone in Brighton & Hove is supported to access their vaccination, and any barriers that they may face overcome or concerns they may have are listened to and responded to.
Vaccination services are in place for every patient registered with a GP practice in the city to receive their COVID-19 vaccination and arrangements also in place for those who are not currently registered.
To date, everyone in the city aged 70 and over has been offered the vaccination, and it is now available for anyone aged 60 and over, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, those with underlying health conditions and eligible carers.
The campaign sees city partners working in close collaboration to ensure that we are reaching everyone who wants to have their vaccination and they are supported to receive it.
We’ve produced a campaign toolkit of content, messages and everything you need to help us spread the word.
This includes outreach services, work with communities to support our diverse communities to understand any barriers to them receiving it, as well as clear information across the city on the vaccination programme that is targeted to communities, written in community languages.
In addition, Community Vaccination Champions will be working across the city, including multilingual representatives from black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) groups and those in areas of high deprivation to promote the campaign to encourage people to have their vaccinations.
Recent data on the uptake of the vaccine in the city has shown that black, Asian and mixed-ethnicity people and those who live in some of the areas in the city with higher levels of deprivation were less likely to have been vaccinated.
Research shows that these barriers to vaccine uptake include perception of risk, low confidence in the vaccine, distrust, barriers to accessing the vaccine, inconvenience, and lack of endorsement, or lack of communication from trusted providers and community leaders. Previous national vaccination programmes in the UK, reported vaccine uptake has been lower in areas with a higher proportion of minority ethnic group populations.
Some in the city may also be getting false information about the vaccine, which leads to difficulties in understanding what is true about the vaccine and what is not, and the campaign will make sure the latest facts are promoted in a wide range of settings and languages.
Follow us on social media and use the hashtag #myjabbrighton whenever you’re talking about vaccines in the city.
On Monday 1 March, Tina was our 10,000th patient to be jabbed at Meridian Hall in East Grinstead.
Tina was vaccinated by Sarah Roberts and Dr. Dan Jefferies was the Clinical Supervisor.
The Centre started vaccinations on Thursday, 14 January and is our GP-led vaccination service for patients at Judges Close Surgery, Moatfield and Ship Street, along with Crawley Down Health Centre.
The vaccination centre is run by Alliance for Better Care, one of our local NHS GP Federations.
Also vaccinated at Meridian Hall a few weeks back was East Grinstead’s Mayor, Councillor John Dabell who said: “It was all so simple and efficient, it was Jab a dab a doo. The clinicians and volunteers are all doing a super job.”
Beaconsfield Road Surgery in Hastings has shared a great article in their latest newsletter, in which a patient shares their experience of receiving their vaccination at the Kings Centre.
From the text message inviting them to book an appointment to actually getting the jab itself, this is a really useful summary of what you can expect when you attend your vaccination appointment.
Data published by NHS England today shows that 613,333 vaccinations had been delivered across Sussex by Sunday 28 February.
The latest figures include a breakdown of vaccinations given by age and ethnicity, and also by local area and constituency.
They show that more than 94% of people aged over 70 had received their first dose by the end of February, along with 84% of people aged 65-69.
In addition, 243,020 people aged under 65 had received a first dose. This group comprises those people identified as being particularly vulnerable, health and care workers and carers.
We continue working to ensure that all eligible people across our diverse communities who have not yet received a first dose can access the vaccine.
The NHS in Sussex had already met the targets to offer the vaccine to all residents in care homes for older people, everyone over 70 and all eligible health and care workers, and remains on track to offer the vaccine to all those in the first nine priority cohorts by the middle of April.
Whoever you are and wherever you come from, it’s important to get the COVID-19 vaccination when it’s your turn in order to protect yourself and those around you.
In today’s video, international staff from our friends at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust share why they have had their vaccine.
Stakeholder briefings are issued every Thursday to provide an update on the COVID-19 response across the local NHS system, in particular the vaccination programme. They provide the latest information on the number and location of vaccination services in the local area.
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.