COVID-19 vaccination update, 22 October

NHS calls for people to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases rise

COVID-19 vaccination free to everyone at walk in and pop-ups

With a rise in COVID cases this week, the NHS is making it as easy as possible for people to get a vaccination.

Whether it is a first, second, third or booster vaccine, there are appointments available across services this week, and walk in sessions every single day.

At walk in sessions, you don’t need an appointment, you can simply turn up and receive your vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination bookings opening online for 12-15 year olds

young girl wearing a mask holding a vaccination card

Parents will be able to book covid-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children from the end of today (Friday) with appointments available as soon as tomorrow.

People will be able to go online and check the National Booking Service for local appointments for children and young people.

The booking service provides an additional option for parents to book a vaccine for their child, alongside the schools programme which has already vaccinated nearly half a million young people and visited thousands of schools.

If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need act on their invite unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.

The move is an expansion of the existing programme, providing parents with an extra option, as the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in health history continues to protect people against the virus.

Parents and guardians will be advised to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get jabbed outside of school hours and consent will be sought on the day. Parents and young people are being asked to read the patient information in advance of arriving for their appointment. This can also be accessed online.

To date more than 54 schools in Sussex have been visited, and more than 9000 12-15 year olds have been vaccinated.

More than 3,000 care home residents protected with COVID-19 booster

One in five care home residents across Sussex are now protected with their booster ahead of winter.

20.9% of all residents living in care homes have had their booster after visits over the last three weeks.

More than 37% have also had their flu vaccination, making sure they have boosted their immunity ready for the winter months.

GP led teams are visiting care homes across our communities, supported in places by community teams.

Watch a film about residents at one of our care homes, Evergreen Care Home in Hastings, receiving their winter vaccinations.

Sussex teams up to answer questions from Gypsies and Travellers

We have worked with Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) to share the questions from Gypsy and Traveller people about the coronavirus vaccine.

They recognised that there were a number of questions from the community, and we wanted to make sure that these were being addressed and answered.

Working with FFT, Brighton & Hove City Council, and Arch Healthcare, the questions were put to GP Tim Worthley at Arch Healthcare.

We believe that everyone in society should have fair access to a COVID-19 vaccine when they’re entitled to one, and everyone should have the opportunity to remain up to date and informed on relevant information about the vaccine.

Watch the film here:

New website launched to engage young people on the vaccine

A new website has been set up to engage young people about the vaccine and answer their questions. also covers information about testing and aims to be a one stop shop for young people.

All of the content has been produced by young people with facts signed off by NHS England.

We will be sharing the site and using the materials widely across our channels over the coming weeks to help provide useful information to young people.

In the news this week…

staff member from Meads being interviewed for Sky News

This week we have been working closely with the media to promote the vaccination programme and encourage people to receive their vaccines this autumn.

First, Good Morning Britain filmed live from The Meads in Uckfield to talk about the booster roll out and why it is important for people to come forward.

This was followed by coverage on BBC South East, BBC South Today, BBC Radio Sussex and local newspapers. Thanks to all the teams involved.

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