Sussex vaccination service the first in the South East to offer 24/7 COVID-19 boosters

Less than a week after the Prime Minister announced the acceleration of the COVID-19 booster programme, a Sussex vaccination service is holding a 24-hour clinic.

Saxonbrook Medical Centre in Crawley is set to host the COVID-19 booster programme’s first 24-hour vaccination clinic in the South East this Friday (17 December 2021), as it responds to the call to increase appointments.

The 24-hour clinic, which is one of the first in the UK, will run from 8am on Friday.

It will be appointment-only, with bookings made via the NHS National Booking System website and 119. The team aim to offer 1,000 appointments across the 24 hours.

Saxonbrook is one of four vaccination centres run by local GP Federation Alliance for Better Care in Sussex, who have now administered more than 600,000 vaccination doses locally.

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, who were among the first in the country to begin Covid-19 vaccinations, 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.