This week invites have started to go out to people for their COVID booster vaccine.
Initially people aged 80 and over will be invited, but over the coming weeks people in all the eligible groups will be offered the autumn booster.
This includes people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
Care home visits have also started this week, with GP practice teams and GP Federations visiting care homes to provide their residents and staff with a booster vaccine.
It is important to note that people can only receive the booster vaccine six months after their second dose.
People will get a call or text from their local GP led site to get the jab, or will be invited to use the National Booking Service website or call 119 and vaccines will offered at existing vaccination sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccine centres.
This week visits have started to schools to offer children aged 12 to 15 a COVID vaccine.
Parental, guardian or carer consent is being sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to their visits in line with existing school vaccination programmes.
Every parent, carer or guardian is being written to with the arrangements for their child’s school and a link to the consent system. These letters will be shared over the next six weeks as the visits are arranged with schools.
Children with parental consent in place will then be offered a vaccine on the day of visit to the school.
Vaccination services have moved from the former Mothercare store to Sovereign Harbour Community Centre.
From Sunday 19 September, the team at Sovereign Harbour Community Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH have taken on the appointments that had been booked for the former Mothercare store.
The service, run by South Downs Health and Care GP Federation, will also be open for walk in vaccinations for everyone aged 16 and above, with no appointment needed.
People who have appointments booked for the former Mothercare store on or after Sunday 19 September have been contacted by text message, email and phone to let them know about the change of venue for their appointment.
We’d like to say a big thank you to the teams from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) who, alongside our local GP practices, have been working tirelessly since 1 February 2021 to deliver the Covid vaccine to local people.
As we enter the next phase of the vaccination programme SCFT is now handing over to local GPs, who will continue to provide vaccinations in the town.
For anyone who is yet to have their vaccination, you can book an appointment at one of the services in Eastbourne, or at other sites in Sussex, via the National Booking Service either online or by calling 119. See the latest list of walk-in sessions where no appointment is needed.
If you are yet to have your first or your second vaccination, there is still time.
There are vaccinations available daily at the Churchill Square vaccination centre, and the pop up sessions are continuing this weekend.
It is not too late to have either vaccines – and we are keen for people who are yet to have theirs to make sure they receive this vital protection.
Chichester’s large-scale vaccination centre is moving from Westgate Leisure to a purpose built venue in Northgate car park on Saturday 25 September.
The new site, which is adjacent to the Chichester Festival Theatre in the city centre, will be ready to vaccinate people with booked appointments, or those who just want to walk in, from 8.30am.
Vaccination appointments will continue at Westgate vaccination centre until 3pm on Friday 24 September before the move to the new venue.
Anyone who has an appointment booked at Westgate on or after Friday 24 September will be contacted by text message and email and informed about the change of location for their vaccination. The date and time of the appointment should remain the same.
The new centre will also continue to offer walk in vaccinations to 16 and 17 year olds.
The Westgate vaccination centre was opened on Thursday 18 February by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. At its peak it delivered up to 1,000 vaccinations a day and the team there has given over 120,000 first and second dose vaccinations since opening.
“Even though we’ve moved, all booked appointments remain valid and it’s really important that if you have one, you still attend for your first or second jab.”
To book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment call 119, visit nhs.uk/covidvaccine, or walk in anytime between 8.30am and 7pm.
To help encourage others, Mike, who has Learning Disabilities, has shared his experience of getting his vaccine at Brighton Racecourse.
He has helped to show step-by-step what it is like and what people need to do.
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.