COVID-19 vaccination update, 10 June

Final group of adults start to be invited across Sussex

People aged 25 or over can now book their Covid-19 vaccine

This week 25 to 29 year olds have become eligible for their vaccination.

People in this age group are starting to receive a text message to invite them to their vaccination, and the National Booking Service is now open for anyone in this age group to arrange their appointment.

GP led local vaccination services are also contacting patients who are now eligible to invite them for their vaccination.

It is the first step into the final age group to become eligible for their vaccination – those aged 18-29 – with the rest of the group expected to become eligible in the coming days.

It comes as latest data shows that more than 1.8million vaccinations have now been delivered across Sussex, with 96.1% of all those over 50 now having received their first dose, and 87.4 receiving their second.

See below for more headlines from today’s data:

Total Covid vaccinations in Sussex: 1,872,186

Rush for appointments for younger adults – but reassurance there are plenty more appointments at local services

Tuesday morning on the National Booking Service was  likened to the annual scramble for Glastonbury tickets with close to half a million appointments made across the country.

By 12pm, just five hours after eligibility widened to those aged between 25 and 29, the National Booking Service had seen 2.5 times the number of total appointments made yesterday, with 493,000 slots reserved, around 100,000 an hour on average and more than 1,600 per minute.

The huge appetite saw people take to social media to compare it to the festival, with people posting about setting their alarms and being as excited as when they were booking for the music festival.

But even though there was a huge rush, the Sussex programme is reassuring people that there are lots of appointments for local services for our residents.

Lucy was one of the first from our area to book on Tuesday said:

“When vaccines became available for the age range 25 – 29, I went onto the NHS website to book my two appointments. This process was straightforward and although I was put into a queue due to the demand on the site I soon quickly moved from number 10,899 to the booking stage in just under half an hour, securing two appointments within a 5 minute drive from my house.”

If you are eligible please book your appointment online or call 119 to arrange your appointment.

Quiet vaccination session coming to Eastbourne this month

Get your COVID-19 vaccination in a quieter, calmer environment

We will be running a quiet vaccine session at Shinewater Children’s Centre in Milfoil Drive, Eastbourne on Thursday 17 June from 9.20am-2.40pm.

This session is being offered to people living in Sussex who are currently eligible for the vaccine and over the age of 40 who would benefit from a quieter and calmer environment, or a longer and more relaxed appointment time. This includes:

  • People with a learning disability
  • Neurodivergent people, including people on the autism spectrum
  • People living with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s

If you care for the person you are bringing to the session you can also book your vaccination at this session too.

This session is for first vaccination doses 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.

The session is open to people aged 40 and over as the team are using the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Following government guidance, people aged 39 and under are now being offered an alternative vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

Call or text Angela on 07880 471568 to book an appointment.

If you need support with transport to get to your appointment, you can call or text the travel team on 07871 603235.

Read more information about the quiet session and how to book your appointment

Quiet Covid-19 Vaccination Session – Crawley, Sunday 27 June

This Quiet Session is being offered to people living in Sussex who are currently eligible for the vaccine and 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. This includes:

  • People with learning disabilities
  • People who are autistic
  • People living with a neurodiverse condition
  • People with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s

You can book your carer in at the same time if they need their first vaccination dose and we can help you arrange free transport or a live British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

To book your appointment
Call or text Claire Evans on 07393 798 050 or email ClaireEvans4@nhs.net

COVID-19 community vaccination visits continue to sites across Brighton and Hove city

Brighton beach

Vaccination sessions are taking place in various city-centre locations in Brighton this week as the vaccination programme in the city offers the jab to all adults over 25 year old (or 25 years old on 1 July), unpaid carers and those considered to be clinically vulnerable.

Mobile vaccination units will be visiting the following locations in the coming week:

  • 10:30 – 14:30
    Friday 11 June and Saturday 12 June
    St Peter’s Church, York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU
  • 10:30 – 14:30
    Sunday 13 June
    Brunswick Square, Western Road, Hove

The pop-up clinics are part of a city-wide campaign to encourage as many eligible people as possible to get their vaccinations and remove any barriers people may be facing when getting their jab.

A converted St John Ambulance and a double decker bus, supplied by Brighton and Hove Buses, are visiting locations across the city to provide vaccinations to people who may not be able to reach the larger vaccination sites, such as the Brighton Centre or Brighton Racecourse.

The clinics are part of a city-wide campaign to encourage as many eligible residents as possible to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and remove any barriers people may be facing when getting their jab. The mobile units, in the form of a converted St. John’s ambulance and a double decker bus supplied by Brighton and Hove Buses, are visiting locations across the city to provide vaccinations to people who may not be able to reach the larger vaccination sites, such as the Brighton Centre or Racecourse.

Eligibility

People over the age of 25 or will turn 25 before 1 July 2021, those who have a serious long term health issue and unpaid carers who do not have the means to attend an appointment at their local vaccination site can come to the mobile vaccination units for their vaccination.

How to book

  • Call 0300 303 8060 (drop-in is also available).

Getting your vaccine is easy, just bring one form of ID if you have it (photo ID not required) and your NHS number, if you know it.

Final vaccinations at Meridian Hall

COVID-19 vaccination update, 10 June

Meridian Hall, East Grinstead welcomed it final vaccination patients on Friday (4th June) as the building begins its transition back to an event venue.

The Meridian Hall team has administered more the 28,500 vaccination doses since it opened its doors in January. The vaccination site has been managed by local GP Federation Alliance for Better Care in partnership with East Grinstead Town Council.

“We’re so grateful to have been able to use this well-loved local space for our vaccination programme. We have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the local community and the volunteers, particularly East Grinstead Lions, who have come forward and willingly given their time and enthusiasm. We would like to thank the Council and all our staff and volunteers who have each contributed to the success of the local vaccination programme,” said Katherine Saunders, CEO Alliance for Better Care.

Clair Hall Vaccination Site in Haywards Heath will now host ABC’s vaccination clinics for the area and will continue to welcome both first and second dose patients. Residents of West Sussex who have no means to get to their vaccination appointment can arrange a free return journey by calling West Sussex Travel Co-ordinators 01444 275008.

Community pop-up session in Hastings next week

Beach runner and dog

A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination session will be held on Wednesday 16 June 12pm-4pm at Broomgrove Community Centre, 85 Chiltern Drive, Hastings TN34 3PY.

People over the age of 25, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

These community sessions are for first vaccinations only and you do not have to book an appointment, just turn up during the time stated above.

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.

Read more about the session and further dates at other locations in June and July.

Efforts continue to make sure everyone is able to have their vaccination

Efforts continue to make sure everyone is able to have their vaccination

This week we have been working with The Fishermen’s Mission and the GetSeaFit programme to make sure that their migrant fishermen are protected by receiving their vaccination.

For the crews coming into Shoreham this is vital protection whilst they are at sea and when they come into port.

Working with Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and their team at the Brighton Centre, their teams were vaccinated this week.

More information

Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each arealatest datastakeholder 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