– Amy Galea
In January this year the Government and the NHS launched the biggest vaccination programme the country has seen.
In Sussex we embraced the challenge and last week we reached three-quarters of a million vaccinations given across the county. We’re currently focusing on:
With GP led vaccination sites in every district in the county and four vaccination sites led by Sussex Community Foundation Trust alongside hospital hubs delivering jabs to health and social care staff Sussex has stepped up to the plate. In addition roving services have been supporting housebound and other groups who can’t get to centres.
We were delighted to welcome Emily Lawson, Chief Commercial Officer for NHS England who is in charge of the roll our nationally to Sussex to show her the work we’ve done and continue to do. You can see her take on it:
Another familiar face can also be seen praising the Sussex system:
The vaccination effort has been a true joint effort with support from teams across the Partnership from frontline, HR, facilities, finance, procurement and almost every other team in every part of the system.
The programme has been two-fold; make sure those that want the vaccine and are eligible can get it as easily as quickly as possible but arguably more importantly, break down barriers to those who might be reluctant.
We know that some areas are lower on uptake than others.
In Brighton and Hove uptake was lower across the city and there were different reasons in different areas. We have launched a bespoke campaign in the city with the strapline ‘We’re not safe until we’re all safe’.
We continue to encourage people to take up the offer of a vaccine when it’s their turn through our My Jab campaign with detailed information targeted at key groups.
The campaign centres on: