COVID-19 vaccination update, 11 November

New animation to encourage people to protect themselves ahead of winter

With flu and COVID-19 expected to be in wide circulation together this winter, the NHS is advising people to boost their immunity by having both vaccines if eligible.

Being vaccinated not only helps protect you but your loved ones and supports the resilience of the health and care system.

This year, many more people are entitled to receive the flu vaccination free on the NHS, as additional cohorts have been added.

Those eligible include people with underlying health conditions, such as asthma and heart disease, pregnant women and eligible children (2 and 3 year olds; and school children aged up to year 11).

You may get your jab either from your own GP practice or any pharmacy offering NHS flu vaccinations. Some people may receive an invitation to come forward for a vaccination from their GP surgery or by letter from the NHS flu service. However, you do not have to wait to be invited before booking an appointment for your flu vaccination at your GP practice or pharmacy.

All primary school aged children and those Year 7 to 11 in secondary school will be offered their flu vaccination in school. Children aged 6 months to 2 years with a long-term condition will receive their vaccination at their GP surgery, while those from reception to Year 11, with a long-term condition, will be offered it either at school or at their GP surgery.

For most healthy people, influenza (otherwise known as flu) is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting virus. However, children, older people, pregnant women and those with underlying diseases are at a particular risk of severe illness if they catch it.

Can’t see a local vaccination service or appointments?

Please come forward for your COVID-19 booster

There are now large vaccination services at Churchill Square in Brighton and at Brighton Racecourse, pop up clinics, pharmacy led services and mobile vaccination sessions across the city. In West Sussex there are more than 20 vaccination sites offering 1st, 2nd and booster vaccinations.

If you use the National Booking System website or call 119 and can’t see the details of a local service to you, it will be because:

– They using the National Booking System but are currently fully booked, and will be adding more appointments; or
– They are not using the National Booking System to arrange their appointments and are contacting patients directly, or
– They are are a mobile service and you can see their details on our walk in page: Walk-in vaccination sessions – Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk)

For example Churchill Square is using the National Booking System to arrange appointments and offering walk in vaccinations. The Brighton Racecourse is arranging appointments directly, and is contacting patients who are eligible to book them an appointment. Services in Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Angmering and Worthing are all contacting patients directly to arrange appointments.

More than 30,000 booster vaccinations are taking place each week, and there is vaccine supply to provide a booster for everyone who is eligible.

> See all of the vaccination services in Brighton and Hove and how they are arranging appointments.

New COVID19 vaccination service in East Grinstead

East Grinstead vaccination centre

A new vaccination service has opened in Queen’s Walk in East Grinstead.

The East Grinstead venue, which was previously an Argos shop, will be hosting clinics for first and second dose Covid vaccinations, as well as boosters and Flu jabs.

It is led by Alliance for Better Care which previously managed a vaccination site at the town’s Meridian Hall, as well as various pop ups at locations such as Chequer Mead Theatre and East Grinstead Rugby Football Club. The same team, led by Clinical Lead, Dr Deborah Allen from Moatfield Surgery, is now working with Mid-Sussex District Council to begin delivering the local Autumn/Winter vaccination from the new site.

> See more on the ABC clinics

New pop up COVID vaccination sessions planned for Hastings

View of Hastings town and pier

From 12 November a new series of pop up vaccination sessions in Hastings gets underway.

The first session will be at Asda in St Leonards on Sea. It will then be there for the next two Fridays as well as other community locations during the week.

People can get their 1st, 2nd or booster at the clinics subject to vaccine availability.

If you haven’t had your vaccinations – please use these clinics to come down and get your important protection.

These are in addition to the services at Kings Centre and in Hastings town centre.

> See the latest list of walk in services.

Change in hours at Eastbourne Sovereign Community Centre

The opening hours for walk in vaccinations at the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre are changing from this week.

Walk in vaccinations are now available at the service from 10am to 3pm Monday to Saturday.

The change is to make sure that everyone who has booked an appointment via the National Booking System can continue to receive their vaccination, as well ensuring there is an offer for people who would like to simply walk in.

If you would like a confirmed appointment, please book on the National Booking System – Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)– or call 119.

New appointments have been added to the National Booking System for December for the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre this week.

‘Evergreen’ offer still strong in Brighton and Hove

People queuing in a park for vaccination

People are continuing to come forward for first and second doses in Brighton and Hove.

At the mobile services alone, more than 60 people came forward in the last two weeks for their primary doses.

The team led by HERE and with St John’s Ambulance is visiting locations across the city to make it as easy as possible for people to receive their vaccination.

Latest data shows that 24 people had their first dose in the ambulance services, and 43 had their second in the recent sessions. This is on top of those attending for their booster.

As we approach winter, the NHS is calling for anyone who is yet to have their first dose to come forward and make sure they have had this vital protection.

> See the latest list of clinic dates and locations

Call for people with long term health conditions to come forward for flu jab

Boost your immunity this winter with the flu vaccination

This week the NHS is calling for people with long term health conditions to make sure they have their flu vaccination.

In 2020/21 over half (56.5%) of people under 65 with a long-term health condition received a flu vaccination in the South East.

So far this year, almost a quarter of people (23.2%) under 65 with a health condition in the region have already had the flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine is more important than ever; the prevalence of flu might be higher than usual, and that makes it a significant public health concern.  Getting vaccinated is an important part of looking after yourself and staying well.

Watch a video of Dr Zaid Hirmiz encouraging people with respiratory conditions to have their flu vaccine

Rye pharmacy led service reaches 15,000 vaccinations

People waiting for vaccination in Rye

The pharmacy led service in Rye has reached the milestone of 15,000 COVID19 vaccinations.

The service, located at the Tilling Green Community Centre in Mason Road, opened in May and has been offering vaccinations to local residents every week.

Booked through the National Booking System, it offers 1st, 2nd and booster vaccinations.

Well done to the whole team!

Reminder – vaccines not showing on the NHS App?

NHS app and covid pass image

Your NHS COVID Pass can now be verified across venues in the EU and 16 other countries.  If you’ve saved your COVID Pass, as a PDF or to Apple Wallet, you’ll need to save it again to ensure it is up-to-date.  The COVID Pass within the NHS App will automatically update.

A national 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.

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