COVID-19 vaccination update, 6 May

Nine out of ten 65+ have now had second dose

In the last week almost 70,000 second dose vaccinations have been given to people from the initial priority groups, maximising their protection from the Covid vaccination.

To date more than 90% of those aged 65 and over have now had their second dose.

Vaccinations have been taking place across the local vaccination services and at the vaccination centres and pharmacy services to make sure everyone can receive both vaccinations.

Everyone is urged to attend their second dose appointment. If you have it booked via the national booking system at one of the vaccination centres or pharmacy services, please attend when your appointment is due. If you had your first vaccine at a GP led local vaccination service, you will be contacted around 11-12 weeks from your first appointment, to arrange your second. Please take the time to attend.

Further to the second dose vaccinations that have been taking place this week, more than 18,000 first dose appointments have been given in line with vaccine supply. More first dose vaccinations are becoming available as further supplies are confirmed and we encourage people to keep checking the national booking system if you are eligible and have not had your vaccine yet, or respond to an invite from your local vaccination service.

See more about the latest activity, recorded up to 02 May 2021:

Total vaccinations in Sussex: 1,401,707

First doses given to local residents in Peacehaven today

Community vaccination bus

A community vaccination bus has been in Peacehaven today, offering first dose vaccines to anyone eligible who has been yet to have their jab.

The bus was outside the Meridian Centre from 11am to 4pm.

The aim was to make it as easy as possible for anyone who has been yet to have their vaccination and break down barriers which may have prevented people from coming forward so far.

The session went well and was well received by those who used the service. Further dates are being finalised and will be shared as soon as possible.

First dose appointments available at community vaccination clinics in Brighton and Hove this weekend

Community vaccination clinic

Community vaccination clinics are back out and about in the city this week, offering first dose vaccinations for anyone who is eligible and who is yet to have their vaccine.

The mobile vaccination service will be at:

  • Friday 07 May from 10.30 to 2.30pm at St Peter’s Church
  • Saturday 08 May from 10.30 to 2.30pm at St Peter’s Church
  • Sunday 09 May from 10.30 to 2.30pm at Brunswick Square, adjacent to Western Road

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.

Vaccination in pregnancy

Pregnant women can now have the Covid-19 vaccination when it is offered to them.

COVID-19 vaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against COVID-19 disease which can be serious in later pregnancy for some women.

The first dose of COVID-19 vaccine will give you good protection but you need the second dose to get longer lasting protection. You do not need to delay this second dose if you have become pregnant.

In line with the latest JCVI guidance, pregnant women in eligible cohorts who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, should be offered Pfizer or Moderna.

Currently, only Pfizer is available at GP led local vaccination services. Pregnant women who had AstraZeneca as their first vaccine are advised to complete the course unless you experienced serious side effects.

If you have had your first vaccination, please make sure you attend your second. If you are eligible but are yet to have your first, please book an appointment as soon as one is available.

> Read more advice and guidance

More information

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.

Find more information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme