Progress continues to be made across Brighton and Hove as the roll out of the vaccination programme continues.
First dose appointments are being arranged daily for anyone in the initial priority groups who is yet to receive their vaccine and for those most recently eligible – people aged 45-49.
In addition, second dose appointments have been taking place, and thousands more are expected this week.
To date, more than 70% of those aged 75 and over have now received their second vaccination, and more than 300,000 second doses have been provided to people across our communities.
People are being invited for their second dose appointment approximately 12 weeks from their first vaccination. Everyone is urged to attend your appointment and make sure you receive both doses for the maximum protection.
The first Moderna jabs in Sussex have been delivered today at the Brighton Centre.
The vaccination centre, run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, is one of two sites in the South East which has started to use the newest vaccine, as the NHS continues to expand the vaccination programme.
For those aged 18-29 who are eligible for their vaccination, the Moderna vaccine provides another alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, in line with the latest updated MHRA guidance.
Over the coming weeks, the supplies will be used for first dose appointments, while people attending second dose appointments will continue to receive the same vaccine as they had for their first dose.
People are being urged to continue to attend all booked appointments.
Progress is going well in Hastings and to date, 83.9% of all residents in the nine priority cohorts have been vaccinated; this includes an incredible 97.2% of care home residents and staff at care homes, and over 90% for those aged 75 and over.
Teams are continuing to work to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their vaccination, and this week there is focused effort in the town to reach out to those who are homeless and rough sleepers.
The Hastings and St Leonard’s Primary Care Network, which runs the vaccination service at King’s Church, and St John Ambulance Homeless Service are working together to offer people in the town theira Covid-19 vaccine from a mobile vaccination centre next week. Dedicated sessions are taking place to visit accommodation and make sure as many people as possible are able to receive their vaccination.
On Saturday, the first dedicated Quiet Session took place at the Brighton Centre vaccination centre.
The session was designed to offer a dedicated vaccination session for residents with Learning Disabilities, have a Dementia or Alzheimer’s, who are autistic, anxious, and/or needle phobic requiring their first dose COVID vaccination.
This ‘Quiet Session’ offered longer appointments with 1:1 nursing care. A nurse (and assistant) met each patient and supported them through the Centre to a quiet and private vaccination area where all aspects of the process including screening and vaccination took place. There was also softened lighting and low level music to help to put people at ease.
The session, which was a partnership between Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the vaccination centre, and the CCG’s Public Involvement team, was reviewed positively by those who attended it. Further sessions are now being planned for second dose appointments, and for similar sessions in East Sussex and West Sussex.
The community team reaching out to those who are eligible and yet to have their vaccine hits the road again this week. Sessions are being held on the following days:
Friday 23 April 2021
Saturday 24 April
Sunday 25 April
Pre-booked appointments are available for anyone eligible. Limited drop in appointments are also available.
Anyone over the age of 45 years old is eligible for the free vaccination in the community, along with those who are aged under 45 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.
Members of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) and Showmen communities are being encouraged to ‘Give Covid the Jab’ in a new NHS video released today.
Produced by the GRT and Inclusion Health team at First Community Health and Care in partnership with Surrey Heartlands CCG, the video aims to educate, inform and answer common questions about the Covid-19 vaccine to boost vaccine confidence within Traveller communities.
The film follows renowned Romany journalist Jake Bowers as he investigates what he and others in the nomadic communities can personally do to help society move on from the pandemic.
If you are an eligible health and care professional, you can now book your vaccinations through the National Booking Service.
The ability to book was postponed while vaccine supply was limited and local links for the Sussex vaccination centres were made available, but now the national system has reopened for health and care staff.
If you are eligible but have not yet had your first vaccination, please use the website or call 119 today to arrange your appointment.
There is just over a week to enter the competition launched by Saxonbrook Medical Practice in Crawley to name its new vaccination centre.
Children are asked to submit their suggestion, with a parent or teacher, via the dedicated website by 30th April. The successful entry will be used to name the building, and the winner will receive £50 in book tokens for their class.
Dr Hicham Nakouzi is GP Partner at Saxonbrook, he said: “It’s a privilege to involve the community, and especially children, in this important project. We have spent three months creating a safe and effective setting for local residents to receive their vaccine and we want them to continue to feel involved in our ongoing work. We look forward to receiving lots of competition entries.”
Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each area, latest data, 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.