Vaccine for under 40s now available in Chichester

From today, Wednesday 16 June, vaccinations for people aged under 40 are now available in Chichester.

The Westgate Vaccination Centre, run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, has been open since 18 February 2021 and to date has delivered close to 100,000 vaccinations.

In line with vaccination centres across the country, it was initially supplied with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to offer people their jab as quickly as possible across the local community.

Following national guidance, people under the age of 40 should be offered an alternative vaccine to the Oxford AstraZeneca.

To make sure people in and around Chichester can therefore book their COVID-19 vaccine and receive the vital protection, the Westgate Vaccination Centre has been extended and is now able to offer both Pfizer and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

The first vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine are taking place today.

From this morning, people aged 21 and over are now eligible to book their jab through the national booking system – either online or by calling 119 – and the local NHS is calling for everyone who is yet to have their vaccine to book it as quickly as possible.

Booking via the national booking system will show you all available appointments in your local area with the vaccine recommended for you.

If you can’t see any local appointments, the NHS encourages people to keep trying as more appointments are being added constantly in line with vaccine supply.

Sharon Bayliss, SCFT’s lead for the Trust’s Westgate COVID Vaccination Centre, said:

“All the team at Westgate are delighted to be able to now offer the Pfizer vaccine. We are so proud of the part that we are playing in the wider Sussex vaccination programme and have so far administered nearly 100,000 vaccines from this site.

“I want to pay tribute to all the team at Westgate for everything they have done to be able to offer this second vaccine in addition to Astra Zeneca. We look forward to welcoming those who are under 40 to receive their vaccinations.”

> More information about the Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and how you can get your jab.