The NHS in Sussex has delivered a significant increase in vaccinations, less than four days after the Prime Minister announced the acceleration of the vaccination programme.
On Sunday, it was announced that from this week all adults would be eligible for a booster vaccination when they reach 3 months from the date of their second.
It was also announced that all adults would be offered a booster by the end of December.
Since then health and care partners have been working to increase the number of appointments available on a daily basis, extend opening hours and offer pop up vaccination services to reach out to communities.
More than 10,000 new appointments have already been released and booked this week across Sussex, and more appointments are being added to the National Booking System website and 119 every day.
On Wednesday 20,000 vaccinations took place in Sussex on a single day.
It comes after the NHS in Sussex called on the public yesterday to play their part to Keep Sussex Safe and come forward for their vaccination, as well as using services appropriately as NHS services work to focus on this effort.
The mobile vaccination services have been a key part of the vaccination offer to people living in Brighton and Hove.
Taking place in specific communities, it has helped to reach out to areas of lower uptake and ensure that it is as easy as possible for people to get their vaccination.
As we move into this accelerated phase of the programme, health and care partners are committed to making sure the support continues for anyone who may find it challenging or difficult to go to a larger vaccination site.
Mobile vaccination services continue with this aim – but are not designed as the main way for city residents to receive their vaccination.
The best way – if you are able – to arrange your vaccine – whether it is 1st, 2nd or booster doses – is by using the National Booking System website or calling 119 to book your appointment.
The mobile vaccination services are located in specific areas or dedicated spaces where they are needed to help those particular communities to access their vaccines. Walk-ins have been temporarily suspended at Churchill Square and Brighton Racecourse so that more vaccinations can be given each day.
New appointments are being added every day to the National Booking System – if you are struggling to find a suitable appointment please keep checking back on the National Booking System.
Our first pop-up session at the regular venue of Newhaven Youth Centre was a great success earlier this week.
In a fantastic effort involving local community partners and a vaccination team led by HERE, more than 400 people received their jabs on Tuesday (14 December). As well as boosters there was also a rise in the number of people attending for their first and second doses.
Cllr Sean Macleod was one of the people to receive a booster on the day.
Cllr Macleod said: “The staff at Newhaven were friendly and bubbly with marshals outside providing advice about who was eligible. The team inside were warm and welcoming and offered reassurance to those that needed it.
“It’s vital we all get vaccinated. It is the only way we are really going to get on top and beat this virus to a point where our lives can get back to normal.
“As a youngish male, in the age group that is probably under-vaccinated, I think it’s important we all go out and get our jabs. We all have to play a part and I really call on any men to go out and get vaccinated if they haven’t already.”
The pop-up walk-in session, offering 1st and 2nd doses, and boosters to those eligible, will be back at Newhaven Youth Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven BN9 9BA from 11am-4pm on Tuesday 21 December and Tuesday 4 January.
See all the details of vaccination services available in Sussex and how to access them.
Saxonbrook Medical Centre in Crawley is set to host the first 24-hour vaccination clinic in the South East this week, as it responds to the need to accelerate the booster programme.
The clinic, which is one of the first in the UK, will run from 8am on Friday 17th December and the team aim to offer 1,000 appointments across the 24 hours.
It is appointment-only, with bookings made via the NHS National Booking System website and 119.
Saxonbrook is one of eight vaccination centres run by local GP Federation Alliance for Better Care.
Katherine Saunders, Alliance for Better Care, CEO said: “Essentially we are doing all we can to meet the increasing demand for vaccinations, especially boosters. But we also want to ensure that no one gets left behind and is offered equal access to the vaccine. By providing a 24-hour clinic we hope that those who work shifts, or who may have family commitments during our usual clinic hours, will find it easier to attend.”
The clinic will take place almost exactly 12 months to the day since Saxonbrook opened the doors to its first vaccination clinic. The team has administered more than 90,000 jabs. The majority of its vaccinations have taken place at Saxonbrook’s dedicated vaccination building, which opened in March.
Vaccination teams across Brighton and Hove are continuing their efforts to visit everyone who needs a booster vaccination at home.
More than 2000 in Brighton and Hove have needed a home visit to ensure they could receive this vital protection.
Health and care partners have all been working to ensure that everyone who needs to receive their booster in this way can be offered their jab.
Thousands have already been completed and visits are continuing this week and next week in order to reach everyone by the end of the month.
We are committed to ensuring housebound vaccinations remains a priority as teams also work to significantly increase the number of appointments available at vaccination services.
Want to get your COVID-19 vaccination but don’t have access to transport? We can get you to and from a vaccination service near you for free thanks to our transport scheme.
To book free travel to a vaccination session please book your vaccination appointment or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first. Then call 01444 275008 to speak to a travel coordinator.
The booking service is available between 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Monday-Friday.
Hastings United Football Club are working in partnership with East Sussex County Council and the local NHS to help continue the fight against COVID-19 by hosting a vaccination pop-up at their Continental Pilot Field on two upcoming match days, one in December and one in January, for anyone aged 16 and over who needs their COVID-19 vaccination.
People aged 18 and over are eligible for first doses at any time if they are yet to receive a vaccination, second doses at 8 weeks from the date of their first dose, and booster vaccines at three months from the date of their second vaccine.
People aged 16 and 17 can have first and second vaccinations. The second vaccine must be at 8 weeks from the date of the second.
Billy Wood, CEO of Hastings Utd, said: “Covid cases are continually high across the county and we feel it’s our duty to do what we can to help reach as many that want the vaccination as possible. Over 70% of people eligible in Hastings have had two doses, however this still puts us 163 out of 181 in all authority districts in England.
“We appreciate not everyone wants to get the vaccine and as a club, we will not discriminate against that, however we have been hugely affected by Covid-19 with two seasons lost when top of the league and it would be disastrous to go back into another lockdown. We are happy to support the NHS roll out of the vaccine with pop-ups at Men’s home games starting with this Saturday (18 December) versus Ramsgate.”
Hastings Utd will be offering free entry to those who are turning up for the vaccine. People will be asked to register at the gate and be taken to the designated vaccine site, ID will be required.
Vaccinations will be available from 12.30pm. Good luck to Hastings in their match against the Rams!
Alliance for Better Care GP Federation has been running vaccination services in Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Horsham.
Over the last year they have administered more than 600,000 doses across all of their sites.
As well as the vaccination sites, they have also vaccinated on a mobile bus and in a number of pop ups at community locations.
To mark the anniversary of the programme, they have created a film to recognise the support and dedication of their outstanding staff and volunteers.
Watch their reflections on the last year.
Our ‘Jabvent’ calendar celebrates the thousands of people who have been involved in the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.
The programme started nationally and for Sussex more than 3 million vaccinations have been given to people across our communities. Thousands of people have been involved in the programme from vaccinators to booking teams, to administrators, volunteers at sites and transport providers to help get people to their appointments.
Jabvent will celebrate the people behind the programme and tell their story – both those involved in the programme and also the people who have received the vaccine and what it means to them.
You can be part of ‘Jabvent’ and tell your story – what it has meant to you to be part of the programme? Share your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.