Latest data published today shows that more than 950,000 people have now received their first vaccination.
This includes more than 90% of those aged 70 and over who have now had second dose, and more than 50% of those aged 60 and over who have had both.
This week people aged 36 and 37 became eligible and are encouraged to use the national booking system to arrange an appointment.
Anyone in this age group is encouraged to book their appointment through the national booking system online at nhs.uk or by calling 119.
Thousands of volunteers will receive a booster COVID-19 vaccine in a new clinical trial Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday.
The Cov-Boost study, led by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and backed by £19.3 million of government funding through the Vaccines Taskforce, will trial seven vaccines and will be the first in the world to provide vital data on the impact of a third dose on patients’ immune responses.
One of the 16 bases for the trials will be Brighton, at University Hospital Sussex.
It will give scientists from around the globe and the experts behind the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme a better idea of the impact of a booster dose of each vaccine in protecting individuals from the virus.
Vaccines being trialled include Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, Valneva, Janssen and Curevac, as well as a control group. The trial has received ethics approval by the NHS Research Ethics Committee, as well as approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
Participants will be adults aged 30 years or older as these will have been those immunised early on in the vaccination programme – for example, adults aged 75 and over or health and care workers.
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 weekend are taking place on:
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.
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.
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.
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