From today, people aged 45 and over are now eligible to receive their Covid vaccination.
Across the country, we are moving to the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme after reaching the target to offer all those in phase 1 of the vaccination programme a vaccination.
Everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 – those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers – has been offered a vaccine, meeting the government’s 15 April target.
This group accounts for 99% of all COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic, so by offering them the vaccine, we are helping ensure the most vulnerable are protected from the virus.
The significant milestone marks the beginning of phase 2 of the vaccination programme and people aged 45 to 49 across England can now book appointments through the NHS booking service. People in this age group can also wait to be contacted by their GP led vaccination service.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published its final advice on phase 2 and in line with this, eligible people will be invited to receive their vaccines in order of age over the coming weeks and months.
If anyone in the first nine prioroity cohorts is yet to have their first vaccination we encourage them to arrange their appointment immediately through the NHS booking service, by calling 119, or speaking to their GP led service.
The community team reaching out to those who are eligible and yet to have their vaccine hits the road again this week.
This week the COVID-19 vaccines are being given in the community at:
Pre-booked appointments are available for anyone eligible. Limited drop in appointments are also available.
Anyone over the age of 45 years old is now eligible for the free vaccination in the community, along with those who are aged under 50 and have a serious long term health issue, and unpaid carers.
If you are eligible and are yet to receive your vaccination, simply call 0300 303 8060 to book your appointment with this community service this week.
Getting the vaccine in the community is easy; just bring one form of ID (photo ID not required) and NHS number, if known. The sessions included a mix of pre-booked vaccination appointments and people dropping in.
A dedicated ‘Quiet COVID-19 Vaccination Session’ for people requiring their first dose COVID vaccination is planned for this weekend in the city.
It is taking place at the Brighton Centre on Saturday 17 April from 4.30-7pm.
This Quiet Session is being offered to people living in Sussex who is eligible and are over 30 years old who may need more time for their appointment, or who have extra access needs where a quieter and calmer environment would help support them to receive their vaccination, including:
Two leading Muslim figures working in the NHS have today joined other medical leaders and Islamic scholars in stressing that Ramadan should not stop anyone from getting the NHS COVID vaccination.
Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy at Barts Health NHS Trust, and Dr Farzana Hussain, a senior GP, stressed that getting the jab does not break the fast observed by Muslims during daylight hours over Ramadan.
Dr Hussain a practising Muslim, said that there was no need to avoid daylight hours and it is a religious duty for Muslims to get vaccinated when their turn comes.
Dr Farzana Hussain said: “Getting an injection does not break the fast as it’s not nutrition and so there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have it if you are eligible and have been invited for your Covid-19 vaccine and those scheduled for their second dose, should take it.
“The Koran says saving your life is the most important thing: to save one life is to save the whole of humanity. It’s a responsibility of a practising Muslim to take their vaccine.”
The British Islamic Medical Association, an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, has issued specific advice, recommending the vaccine and insisting it is okay to have during Ramadan as it is not nutritional, nor does it contain any animal or foetal products. Full ingredient lists are published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA): AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna.
The first Moderna jabs have been delivered in England today (Tuesday) as the NHS vaccination programme reaches another milestone.
More than 20 sites, including Reading’s Madejski Stadium and the Sheffield Arena, will initially use the newest vaccine, as the NHS continues to expand the vaccination programme.
For those aged 18-29 who are eligible for a jab, the Moderna vaccine provides another alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, in line with updated MHRA guidance last week. Along with Pfizer, it will be used by the NHS for some of the appointments rearranged for under 30s who were due to receive the AstraZeneca jab.
We will keep you updated on plans to use Moderna in Sussex over the coming weeks.
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.