Today people aged 36 and 37 became the latest group to become eligible for their vaccination.
The announcement from the Government comes after those aged 38 and over became eligible last week.
Anyone in this age group is encouraged to book their appointment through the national booking system online at nhs.uk or by calling 119.
To date more than 1.8 million vaccines have been given in Sussex since the start of the programme, and 116,711 vaccines were delivered last week.
NHS England has confirmed that appointments for a second vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groups who have yet to receive their second dose.
This includes those aged 50 and over, those clinically vulnerable and unpaid carers.
If people have an appointment in the next 10 days this will continue as planned.
If appointments have been booked through the national booking system – online or via 119 – the central team will be contacting people in these groups who have an appointment after this time to bring forward their appointment for the second dose.
If people had their first appointment at a GP led local vaccination service, you will be contacted as soon as your local service is able to offer you the second appointment.
You do not need to contact the NHS – please wait to be contacted if you think you are in this group.
People should continue to attend their second dose appointments as planned unless the NHS contacts you. In general, appointments for second doses are booked at the same time as first doses.
The mobile vaccination team will be back on the road this week – offering the vaccination from their dedicated ambulance.
The dates for this week are:
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.
The first of our Hastings COVID vaccine pop-up clinics took place last Saturday (15 May). We’re delighted to say that 63 people came along to Warrior Square Surgery to receive their first vaccinations, and more sessions at other locations in the town will carry on throughout May.
These pop-up clinics have been advertised for people over the age of 40 as the teams at these sessions are using the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine. Following government guidance, people aged 39 and under are now being offered an alternative vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). Alternative clinics will be offered soon for anyone that needs Pfizer or Moderna.
These community sessions are for first vaccinations only. If you have already had your first jab at another service elsewhere please wait for them to let you know your second appointment time and go back to them for your second jab.
Clinics this week are taking place on:
Wednesday 19 May 10am-2pm
Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6HB
10am-11am booked appointments. 11am-2pm walk-in.
Saturday 22 May 10am-2pm
Station Practice, Level 3, Station Plaza, Health Centre, Station Approach, Hastings TN34 1BA
10am-11am booked appointments. 11am-2pm walk-in.
There is still time to book for the quiet vaccine session in Chichester, which is being offered to people living in Sussex who are currently eligible for the vaccine and over the age of 40 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.
Call or text Isabel (0792 0244 988) to book.
If you need support with transport to get to your appointment, you can call the travel team on 01444 275 008.
Staff and volunteers at Etchingham were surprised on Friday afternoon to receive a visit from the Leader of 1st Robertsbridge Scouts who presented Deirdre Kelly and her team with a Community Hero award.
The scout group like to recognise Local Community Heroes to thank them for their particular service to the community in which we live and work. Alison said “Many many people nominated the staff and volunteers at The Etchingham Centre with their thanks for all they have been doing”.
Deirdre Kelly, the ops manager, on receiving the award with Clinical leads Amanda Clement and Camille Morris, said “This is for all of you we are a great team. Thank you, this has made my week”.
The centre at Etchingham is run by the Sussex Community NHS Foundation NHS Trust in partnership with local GPs, and began supporting the national vaccination programme in January 2021. Nurses, Doctors and medical practitioners have been supported by retired NHS health professionals, furloughed Air Crew and others to screen and vaccinate patients, whilst volunteers from all over the community have stepped up to act as welcomers and stewards to be a friendly face and a listening ear.
One volunteer commented “It has been amazing to be a part of such a happy, friendly team and an honour to support the NHS in this vital vaccination programme. This award recognises the contribution each of us are making to the wellbeing of our neighbours, families and to the hope to be able to move forward”
Horsham Primary Care Network had an phenomenal day this weekend.
The PCN’s vaccinators, marshals and volunteers worked through nearly 1000 Pfizer vaccines in 8 hours providing the Covid-19 vaccination to grateful patients.
Their amazing patients showed true grit in enduring the bitter winds and rain to demonstrate just how valuable these vaccinations are to our population.
The PCN is grateful to all of the additional help that was provided for the session, and all of the patients who attended for their vaccine.
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.