Drop in vaccination clinics taking place this weekend in Worthing to further increase uptake in the town

Three special drop-in vaccination clinics will be taking place over Saturday and Sunday to further increase the number of people in Worthing who have received their vaccination.

The clinics will be specifically for the patients of certain GP practices and only for people in the current eligible priority groups.

This means if you are aged 50 and over, are clinically extremely vulnerable, have an underlying health condition such as diabetes or are an unpaid carer you will be able to attend the sessions without needing to book.

To date more than 60,000 vaccinations have been delivered to residents in Worthing, including more than 58,000 first doses.

But the GP practice teams are keen to make sure that no one misses out. More than 90% of those aged 70 and over and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable have been vaccinated, but the teams know that in the younger age groups there are people who have not yet had their vaccination.

To make it as easy as possible, three drop in clinics have been arranged.

  • If you are eligible and registered with Lime Tree and Barn: Saturday 27 March from 9am to 3pm at Durrington Health Centre
  • If you are registered with Cornerways, Selden Medical Centre, Strand Medical Group and Worthing Medical Group: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March from 9am to 3pm at Strand Medical Centre

Please note this is only for people currently eligible for the vaccination and anyone else will be turned away at this time.

These clinics are also for first dose vaccinations only. If you are due your second vaccination you will be contacted by the vaccination team to arrange your appointment.

To note, for anyone attending the Strand Medical Centre, there is free parking for anyone attending on the ground floor of the car park to the left of the Durrington train station.

If you are registered at Broadwater Medical Centre, St Lawrence Surgery and Victoria Road Surgery, you will be contacted by the team to arrange your vaccination if you have not yet received it. Please do not attend these clinics.

Dr Rani Dhillon, Senior Partner at Lime Tree and Clinical Director of Coastal and South Downs Primary Care Network, said:

“We are absolutely committed to making sure that everyone in Worthing is able to receive their vaccination.

“We know there are still some people in the priority groups who have not yet received their vaccine and we want to do all we can to make this as easy as possible.

“If you are in one of the eligible groups you are at risk of becoming very unwell and needing NHS support if you get COVID-19. This vaccine offers vital protection.

“We hope these drop in clinics help people to come forward and receive their vaccination this weekend.

“Please only attend if you are eligible and please attend the service linked to your GP practice; we want everyone who comes to be a worthwhile visit.”

If you are unable to get to your local vaccination service this weekend due to transport, there is now a transport service in place to help.

West 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 call 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.