COVID-19 vaccination update, 20 August

16 and 17 year olds being invited now vaccination in the city

16 and 17 year olds

This week, 16 and 17 year olds have started to be contacted to invite them for their vaccination.

Teenagers in the city are being invited for a booked appointment, with sessions starting at Brighton Racecourse next week.

National letters and texts have also been sent to people in this age group today inviting them for their vaccination and urging them to come forward.

Walk in sessions are also being arranged and the details will be shared as soon as possible. Currently 16 and 17 year olds cannot get their vaccination at one of the mobile bus or ambulance services.

We encourage everyone in this age group to  respond to the text or call you get from your local vaccination service. This may go to a parent or guardian if that is the contact phone number your GP practice has for you.

Read more about the vaccination programme for 16 and 17 year olds.

Georgie has told us why she has come for her vaccination:

Vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds

Photo of a parent and child hand in hand

Children aged 12 to 15 can get vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

  • they have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19
  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

Conditions that mean your child may be at high risk and can get vaccinated are:

  • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they’re on the learning disability register)
  • a condition that means they’re more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

If your child is eligible for vaccination, you’ll be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery or a team working on their behalf to arrange their appointments.

We are currently finalising the services that will be able to offer the vaccine to this group of children, and we expect that families will start to be contacted by Monday 23 August to arrange appointments. Please bear with vaccination teams and they will contact families as quickly as possible.

Read more about vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds

Walk in sessions this week – 1st and 2nd doses

There continue to be walk in sessions taking place this week and weekend to help to make it as easy as possible to get a vaccine for any adult in West Sussex.

Most offer first and second dose (after 8 weeks from the date of your first).

No appointment is needed and you can simply attend during their opening hours.

The vaccine is completely free, and there is no charge to attend the vaccination sessions.

They are currently just for people aged 17 and nine months, and older. Specific sessions are being arranged for 16 and 17 year olds.

See the walk in sessions this week and next.

This week in numbers…

Photo of a person wearing their "I've had my covid vaccination" sticker

Each week people are continuing to come forward for their first and second vaccination across our communities.

To date, more than 1.1 million people have received both of their vaccines and now have the highest level of protection.

This means that 74% of our total population has had their second dose, and more than 84% of those aged 50 and over.

As young adults continue to come forward for their first dose, 84% of everyone eligible have now had their first dose.

It is never too late – if you are yet to have your first vaccination, book your appointment today or come to one of our walk in sessions.

Read more about the vaccination programme

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