COVID-19 vaccination update, 9 September

More than 75% of all adults vaccinated

I've had my Covid-19 vaccination

Latest figures show that in Brighton & Hove more than 7 out 10 of all adults have now had their first vaccination, and in East and West Sussex more than 8 out 10 of all adults have now had both vaccinations.

The data shows:

Brighton and Hove

  • 75.4% of all over 18s have had one dose and 68.2% have now had both vaccinations.
  • 44% of 18-29 year olds – the last adult group to be become eligible – has already come forward to receive both jabs.
  • For 16 and 17 year olds more than half are already protected with their single dose with hundreds more booked in for appointments this week.

East Sussex

  • 80.6% of all over 18s have had one dose and 86.4% have had both vaccinations.
  • More than half of 18-29 year olds – the last adult group to be become eligible – has already come forward to receive both jabs.
  • For 16 and 17 year olds more than half are already protected with their single dose with hundreds more booked in for appointments this week.

West Sussex

  • 87% of all over 18s have had one dose and 81% have had both vaccinations.
  • More than half of 18-29 year olds – the last adult group to be become eligible – has already come forward to receive both jabs.
  • For 16 and 17 year olds more than half are already protected with their single dose with hundreds more booked in for appointments this week.

Read more about the roll out of the programme to date.

Brand new film to encourage young people to come forward

With schools and colleges returning for the new term this week, the NHS and partners have been working this week to encourage as many young people as possible to come forward for their vaccine.

16 and 17 year olds are entitled to one vaccine, and anyone aged 17 and three quarters can have both doses.

Just one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine gives protection against the virus, and protects the individual and those around them.

To help encourage those who are still to come forward, Tanya Mawarha, one of the programme’s vaccination champions, has produced a film to speak to young people about the need to get their vaccination.

Want to attend a walk in session in West Sussex this week?

Vaccinations at BewbushThere continue to be lots of opportunities to get your vaccine this weekend if you are looking for your first or your second dose.

Walk in sessions are taking place across our communities to make it as easy as possible for people to receive their vital protection.

One example this week is a new walk in in Crawley – taking place on 11 September 2021 at the Bewbush Centre, Dorsten Square, Crawley, RH11 8XW.

It is available from 9.30-15.00, and the Pfizer vaccine will be available for 1st and 2nd doses for anyone aged 16 and over.

It is a walk in clinic but you can also book an appointment if you prefer:

See the full list of walk in sessions in West Sussex this weekend.

Regular pop-up vaccination sessions for the Havens

If you live in the Havens area and still need your first or second jab, regular pop-up sessions are now taking place near you. Here are the details for those confirmed for September:

  • Tuesday 14 September 11am – 4pm, The Meridian Centre, Peacehaven BN10 8BL
  • Thursday 16 September 11am – 4pm, Lower Place Car Park, Lower Place, Newhaven BN9 9FA
  • Thursday 23 September 11am – 4pm, Lower Place Car Park, Lower Place, Newhaven BN9 9FA

Sessions are open to all adults (people aged 17 years and nine months, and over) and there is no need to book – just come along on the day.

Keep an eye on our dedicated walk-in session web page for new dates across the whole of East Sussex, which will be added as soon as they’re confirmed.

Hastings pop-up vaccination sessions continue

Our pop-up walk-in vaccination sessions for Hastings continue at a number of town centre and community locations. We are updating our walk-in session web page with new dates and venues regularly, but here’s a rundown of ones coming up for September:

  • Friday 10 September 12.00-18.30
    Outside Tesco Extra Hollington, Church Wood Drive, St Leonards, Hastings TN38 9RB
  • Saturday 11 September 12.00-18.30
    Outside former Debenhams store, 1-3 Robertson Street, HastingsTN34 1HT
  • Thursday 16 September 12.00-18.30
    Outside former Debenhams store, 1-3 Robertson Street, HastingsTN34 1HT
  • Friday 17 September 12.00-18.30
    Outside Tesco Extra Hollington, Church Wood Drive, St Leonards, Hastings TN38 9RB
  • Saturday 18 September 12.00-18.30
    Outside former Debenhams store, 1-3 Robertson Street, HastingsTN34 1HT
  • Saturday 18 September 10.00-16.00
    Warrior Square Surgery, Marlborough House, Warrior Square, St Leonards on Sea TN37 6BG
  • Thursday 23 September 12.00-18.30
    Outside former Debenhams store, 1-3 Robertson Street, HastingsTN34 1HT
  • Friday 24 September 12.00-18.30
    Outside Tesco Extra Hollington, Church Wood Drive, St Leonards, Hastings TN38 9RB
  • Saturday 25 September 12.00-18.30
    Outside former Debenhams store, 1-3 Robertson Street, HastingsTN34 1HT

No booking is required. All sessions will be offering the Astra Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines and are open to people aged 17 years and nine months, and over.

LGBTQ vaccine buddies in Brighton and Hove

Vaccine buddies: 01273 234009

The COVID-19 vaccine is your best protection against coronavirus. The vaccines are safe and effective and it is strongly recommended you get vaccinated.

If you are LGBTQ and anxious about attending your vaccination appointment, or have difficulties with getting to a vaccination centre, Switchboard have vaccine buddies to help you.

Their vaccine buddies can support you with booking, finding location times, and can come along to your appointment with you to support you with any issues that may arise during the vaccine process.

Rye pharmacy-led service marks 10,000 jabs

Rye pharmacy-led service marks 10,000 jabs

Last week the vaccination centre in Rye has marked 10,000 vaccinations. The site run by Clarity Chemists with support from across the community has been running for just over three months.

To make the occasion they held an evening Punjabi supper for volunteers to say thank you. Dr Anthony Kimber, who leads the Rye Community Resilience Team said:

“With the MP, Sally-Ann Hart, the Mayor, Cllr Rebekah Gilbert, we had lobbied for a vaccination centre in Rye since early 2021. Then, from the end of May 2021, Clarity Chemists agreed with NHS England to provide a facility in the Tilling Green Centre.

“Now, after completing over 10,000 jabs in just over 3 months, we want to recognise this as a real community effort involving some 50 volunteer stewards, around 15 vaccinators from various clinical fields and the team from Clarity Chemists led by Hardik Desai, Ankit Tyagi and Tejas Avaiya. Rye was one of the first centres in Sussex to cater for walk-ins by 16 and 17 year olds.

“Throughout, there had been much positive feedback on the way the Centre was delivering Pfizer Vaccine in the far east of Sussex.”

Information for anyone needing an AZ vaccine

There is now lower demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine after the younger age groups have been offered the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, however we want to reassure anyone who needs a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine these are still available.

Vaccination services have supplies for the patients that they know need a second vaccine of AstraZeneca – but it may not always be available at walk in sessions.

Please check the details of what vaccine type is being used at each session on our website before attending to avoid disappointment.

Vaccines approved for use as boosters

COVID-19 vaccine

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has made a statement today, 09 September 2021, that both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines can be used as safe and effective booster doses.

This follows their use for the initial phases of the vaccination programme.

It will now be for the JVCI to advise on whether booster jabs will be given and if so, which vaccines should be used.

Read more about the plans for an autumn booster roll out.

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