Today, people aged 42 and over have become eligible for their vaccination.
Now anyone aged 42 and over, those clinically extremely vulnerable, those with an underlying health condition, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible.
To book your vaccination, visit nhs.uk/covidvaccine, call 119, or wait to be contacted by your GP led local vaccination service.
To date, more than 1.2 million vaccinations have been given across Sussex as the roll out continues, with thousands of first and second dose appointments taking place this week.
Brighton Racecourse local vaccination service is one of seven LVSs which have been added to the national booking service.
Four local vaccination services in East Sussex are part of the first seven LVSs in Sussex which have been added to the national booking service.
Appointments at the Beacon Shopping Centre, Harbour Community Centre and Princes Park Health Centre in Eastbourne and King’s Church in Hastings are all now available as part of the online booking system and via 119.
Two local vaccination services in West Sussex are part of the first seven LVSs in Sussex which have been added to the national booking service.
Appointments at the services at The Park in Horsham and Saxonbrook in Crawley will be available as part of the online booking system and via 119.
This means that patients can go online – nhs.uk/covidvaccine – or call 119, and be able to book an appointment at this GP led service. Previously appointments were being made locally by the team via phone calls and text messages.
As we move to the next part of the vaccination programme, those under 50 years old, it is hoped that this access to appointments via the national booking service will help more people to arrange their vaccine as easily as possible.
Community vaccinations aimed at reaching out to those who are yet to have their vaccination are back on the road this weekend.
So far 90% of people in the initial priority groups have been vaccinated but we know there are more people who wish to have their vaccine but have not yet been able to.
Dedicated community sessions aim to make it as easy as possible for people, bringing the vaccinations to communities.
The sessions this weekend are being held on:
Pre-booked appointments are available for anyone eligible. Limited drop in appointments are also available.
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.
After a very successful Quiet Session this month, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to be able to offer a further dedicated ‘Quiet COVID-19 Vaccination Session’ for people requiring their first dose COVID vaccination.
The session is taking place on Sunday 2nd May, from 4.20pm – 7.20pm at The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR (the seafront entrance).
This Quiet Session is being offered to people living in Sussex who are who are currently eligible for the vaccine and over the age of 18, 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.
You can also book your carer in at the same time if they need their first vaccination dose too. The team will book in your second appointment for your second vaccination date on the day.
> Find out more and how to book, visit: www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/news/
For most people currently being offered the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.
Here’s some helpful data analysis from the BBC that puts the figures into perspective. Medicines are only licensed once the evidence shows their benefits outweigh the risks associated with them. If you’re called for the vaccine, you’re making yourself safer by taking it.
If you have questions and would like to talk them through, please attend your vaccination appointment where a clinician will be happy to talk to you.
A new website designed to help the public answer questions about the Covid-19 vaccine launched this week. Covid Vax Facts details answers from expert, independent doctors and scientists about the most common concerns raised by the public.
You can read the answers to key questions currently in the news or pose your own questions for a response.
The site has been developed by the Universities of Nottingham, Southampton, Kings College London, and NIHR ARC Wessex, and led by Professor Kavita Vedhara from the School of Medicine at Nottingham.
Working with the NHS nationally, photojournalists have captured the monumental collective effort of the largest vaccination programme across the UK.
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.