COVID-19 vaccination update, 7 October

More than 20,000 boosters completed to date

Resident receiving a vaccination

More than 20,000 booster vaccines have been given to people in the eligible groups across our communities.

Those in line for a booster jab include everyone aged 50 and over, frontline health and social care workers and those aged between 16 and 49 with an underlying health condition putting them at greater risk from the virus.

If you are in an eligible group, it just has to be six months from the date of your second vaccine to be eligible right now for a booster.

GP led local vaccination services are contacting people directly, and there are hundreds of appointments available daily through the National Booking System – the website and by calling 119.

People are urged to come forward as soon as they are eligible – the six month mark from second vaccine – to make sure they receive this top up protection ahead of the winter months.

Read more about our plans for the booster programme.

Churchill Square offering booster walk ins this weekend

Yet to have your Covid-19 vaccine? Come along to a walk-in vaccination clinic near you

In addition to walk in sessions for 1st and 2nd dose, the vaccination centre in the former TopShop store in Churchill Square is also offering booster walk in sessions this weekend.

The vaccination service is open from 8.30am to 7pm each day and if you are due your booster you can arrive at any time this weekend.

You must be in one of the eligible groups, see above, and it must be six months from the date of your second vaccine.

You don’t need an appointment and you can arrive at any time.

You can also come to the centre during these hours if you need a 1st or 2nd dose (and it is 8 weeks since your 1st vaccine).

Other walk in sessions are available for 1st and 2nd doses – see the latest list for this week.

Eastbourne vaccination service offering booster walk ins

Anyone who is eligible for a Covid jab can now get the one they need without an appointment at Sovereign Harbour Community Centre in Eastbourne.

The centre, which is open from 8.30-4.30pm seven days a week, is ready to welcome people who need either their first, second or booster jab, according to the following criteria:

  • First dose – anyone aged 16 or over who needs their first jab
  • Second dose – anyone aged 16 and over who needs their second dose, must be 8 weeks after their first dose
  • Autumn booster – must be six months after second dose, those eligible are:
    • People aged 50 and over
    • People who live and work in care homes
    • Frontline health and social care workers
    • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
    • Carers aged 16 and over
    • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections

A team from South Downs Health and Care GP Federation, which is running the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre vaccination service, is contacting local people registered with GP practices across Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford and Bexhill to offer appointments for the autumn booster.

However, anyone eligible can also just walk in between 8.30am-4.30pm. Sovereign Harbour Community Centre is located at The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH. Free parking is available and there are good public transport links.

Other walk in sessions are available for 1st and 2nd doses – see the latest list for this week.

Frontline health and care staff urged to book boosters today

Frontline health and social care staff are now able to use the National Booking System to arrange their booster.

With hundreds of appointments available at vaccination centres across our communities, frontline staff who are at six months from the date of their 2nd vaccine are urged to take the opportunity to use the website or 119 to book their appointment today.

Alongside hospital hubs which are vaccinating their workforce, all eligible health and care staff will be able to book at any of the vaccination centres, pharmacy led services or GP led services on the National Booking System.

See more about which staff are eligible – and the evidence you need to take with you.

Momma Cherrie celebrates Black History Month in Sussex – and calls for people to get protected

As part of the Black History Month celebrations in Sussex, Momma Cherri has hosted an interactive webinar with NHS staff.

Charita Jones hails from a small suburban just outside of Philadelphia in the northern state of Pennsylvania. Born in the mid  0’s, she had to overcome racial discrimination and become a fighter from an early age.

In 2005 her restaurant was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Together with the help from Ramsay, Momma Cherri’s became an overnight household name. Through it all she has fought to place American soul food on the international food map by working with the public, local schools, community centres, young people, prisons, churches.

This month, she has also teamed up with Latest TV on their initiative, funded by the Sussex programme, to encourage anyone who is yet to have their vaccines to come forward.

New national team to support issues with vaccine proof in the NHS APP

The Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS) has been set up to help people with missing or incorrect vaccination records.

If you have been vaccinated in England, have a current NHS number and are registered with a GP practice in England then the service can help resolve issues with evidence of your vaccinations.

If you have missing or incorrect COVID-19 vaccination data, please call 119 and ask the call handler to make a referral to the VDRS team on your behalf. The VDRS team will then call you back within 5 working days.

Please note they cannot provide clinical advice and cannot assist at this time with queries related to vaccinations received overseas. If the query relates to personal information that is incorrect on a patient record (e.g. name, address), these will still need to be resolved by their GP practice.

Beware of COVID Pass FRAUD

fraud alert sign

We understand that there have been reports that criminals are using the NHS COVID Pass as a way to target the public by convincing them to hand over money, financial details and personal information.

They are sending imitation text messages, emails and making phone calls pretending to be from the NHS, and offering fake vaccine certificates for sale online and through social media

Please remember:

  • The NHS App is FREE
  • The NHS COVID Pass is FREE
  • The NHS will NEVER ask for payment or any financial details

Do not respond to requests for money or important personal information such as bank details or passwords. Be alert to links and attachments in unexpected text messages or emails.

Further guidance and support

  • If you receive a call and suspect it to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.
  • If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to the number 7726, which is free-of-charge.
  • If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.
  • If you have any information relating to NHS COVID Pass or vaccine certificate fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers online at covidfraudhotline.org or phone on 0800 587 5030.

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