New figures published today show the number of people who are getting vaccinated in our communities is continuing to go up.
More than 82% of local people have now had their first vaccination, and 65% have had both doses.
In addition, the number of people missing their second dose has dropped again.
This week more than 50,000 people could get their vaccination across our sites – at the vaccination centres, local vaccination services and in our pharmacy services.
There are more than 1000 appointments available each day now for people to walk in without an appointment – this can be for your first or your second.
The NHS is calling for people to come forward, especially as we approach the 19 July when government restrictions will be lifted.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Medical Director, Dr David Walker is urging local people to continue working together to keep Covid infection rates low, test regularly with lateral flow tests, or a PCR test if you have symptoms, and get both doses of the Covid vaccine:
From Monday this week, Brighton Centre and Westgate Leisure Centre vaccination service are now offering walk in vaccinations every single day.
The vaccination centres have hundreds of appointments each day and is now offering them as walk in, so you don’t need a booked appointment.
The aim is that people will come with friends and family, and it will be as easy as possible without having to make an appointment in advance.
The centres are open 08.30-19.00 every day of the week, offering 1st and 2nd doses for Pfizer and 2nd doses for AstraZeneca.
You just need to be 18 or over for your first dose, and at 8 weeks since your first vaccine to receive your second.
More than 30 walk in sessions are happening across our communities this weekend. Even the big vaccination centres are now doing walk in sessions.
Please see the full list of walk-in vaccination clinics on our website.
There’s no need to book for these sessions, simply turn up with some ID and your NHS number if you know it.
There’s a full list of all the walk-in sessions on our website of where you can go over the coming days.
This week Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust reached a significant milestone in Sussex’s vaccination efforts, as the 500,000th jab was given at SCFT’s vaccination centres.
Since opening their first centre at the Brighton Centre on 25 January, closely followed by sites in Chichester, Eastbourne and Crawley, their teams have seen people from all different roles from across the organisation come together to support the vaccination programme in Sussex.
Since they opened:
To mark this amazing milestone, Mike Jennings, Deputy Chief Executive and Senior Responsible Officer for vaccination centres, has sent this special message to every single member of staff and volunteer who has made this possible:
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.