COVID-19 vaccination update, 13 January

‘Week of Walk-ins’ launches tomorrow

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From tomorrow, Friday 14 January, a ‘Week of Walk-ins’ goes live across our communities.

Walk in clinics are taking place over the next three days ac, and more are set for next week.

This includes the re-start of walk in vaccinations at Churchill Square in Brighton. The vaccination centre paused walk in clinics in December but is now able to offer walk in vaccines once again. The service is open 08:30 – 19:30 every day.

Other clinics in Brighton and Hove include:

Friday 14 January

  • 10.30-14.30 – St Peter’s Church, York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU
  • 09.30-13.30 – Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 9XZ
  • 11.00-16.00 – Royal Sussex County Hospital, behind the main hospital on Bristol Gate of Eastern Road

Saturday 15 January

  • 09.30-13.30 / 14:30-18:30 – Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 9XZ.
  • 11.00-16.00 – Royal Sussex County Hospital, behind the main hospital on Bristol Gate of Eastern Road

Sunday 16 January

  • 09.30-13.30 / 14:30 – 18:30 – Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 9XZ.
  • 10.30-14.30 – St Georges Hall, 140 Newick Road, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, BN1 9JG
  • 11.00-16.00 – Royal Sussex County Hospital, behind the main hospital on Bristol Gate of Eastern Road

East Sussex have clinics in Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hastings, Rye, and St Leonards, amongst others and West Sussex in Bognor Regis, Chichester, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Lancing, Littlehampton, and Worthing.

No appointment is needed, and people can attend for a first, second, third if they are immunosuppressed, or booster vaccine.

All are open for people aged 16 and above, and some also are offering vaccines to people aged 12 to 15 as well.

In total, more than 100,000 vaccinations are available across Sussex over the course of the week.

It comes as latest data shows that more than 3.7 million vaccines have been delivered across Sussex, and for Brighton and Hove 76.2% of people aged 12 and above have had a first dose and 70.5% have had a second dose. Of those eligible for a booster, 76.3% have had this vital protection.

The NHS wants to make it as easy as possible for anyone yet to have their vaccine to receive it.

For a full list of the clinics, see the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

More than 3,000 appointments available for 12 to 15 year olds

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As school visits resume this week to provide first and second vaccinations to 12 to 15 year olds, there are also more than 3,000 appointments available to book for next week.

These specific appointments for 12 to 15 year olds are after school and at weekends, making it as easy as possible for young people to receive their vaccination.

They can be booked through the National Booking Service website and by calling 119, and are at vaccination centres and services across our communities.

These appointments are in addition to the school offer, and compliment the school visits to offer a range of ways for people aged 12 to 15 to have their vaccination.

Reminder: dedicated service at Newhaven Youth Centre

Not had your COVID-19 vaccination yet and live in the Newhaven area? If you are aged 16 or over then there is no need to book an appointment – just walk in!

You can find us at Newhaven Youth Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven BN9 9BA every Tuesday from 11am-4pm (next date is Tuesday 18 January).

On alternate Thursdays (next date is Thursday 20 January) we are at the Meridian Centre, Sutton Avenue, Peacehaven BN10 8BB from 11am-4pm. Look out for the banners in the car park which will show you what entrance to use.

If you prefer to book an appointment then Cameron and Sons pharmacy in Broad Street, Seaford BN25 1ND is also nearby – call 119 for free or use the national booking system website to make your appointment.

More information about other places in East Sussex where you can get your vaccinations is available on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

Free transport schemes supports more than 1,500 people get their vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination update, 9 September

Latest figures show that the free transport scheme put in place by the Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has supported 1,579 people to date.

Each person has been supported to get to and from their vaccination appointment, in order to receive their vital protection.

Our thanks go to Sussex Community Transport and Rother Voluntary Action for coordinating the transport scheme since 25 March 2021, and to the variety of community transport providers, local taxi firms and volunteer drivers who make the Sussex COVID Vaccine Transport Scheme a reality.

The offer is still in place – to book free travel please book your vaccination appointment or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first, and then call 01444 275 008 to speak to a travel coordinator.

Congratulations to Alliance for Better Care

HSJ partnership award finalist

We are delighted that Alliance for Better Care has been shortlisted for a HSJ Partnership Award.

The GP Federation, which has been providing vaccination services in Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham and Haywards Heath (as well as in Surrey) has been shortlisted in the ‘Most Impactful Project Addressing Health Inequalities’ category.

They have been recognised for their vaccine equity programme.

We congratulate the whole team, and wish them the very best of luck for the award ceremony.

NHS urges local people to ‘help us to help you’

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The importance of having your vaccination is being highlighted as part of a new NHS campaign encouraging local people  to support health and care services.

People across Sussex are being urged to play their part in helping the NHS to give the best possible care as the Omicron variant continues to have an impact on services across Sussex.

The NHS across the country is currently experiencing significant pressures due to the increasing rates of Omicron within our local communities, resulting in a growing number of people requiring hospital admission and increased and unpredictable sickness rates across the health and care workforce.

With the addition of the increase in demand on services that is usually experienced at this time of year, it means all services across the local health and care system are extremely busy and addition actions are now needing to take place.

The rates of Omicron are expected to rise further in the coming weeks and the NHS is preparing for more people needing hospital care and more staff absences due to sickness.

Some routine and non-urgent appointments and operations have needed to be rescheduled in the safest possible way to allow the NHS to focus on caring for the sickest patients. And a ‘surge plan’ is now in place that aims to ensure patients are cared for and staff are supported in the best possible way. This includes:

  • Supporting patients with Covid to safely remain at home to prevent them needing to be admitted to hospital.
  • Increasing the number of people who are discharged from hospital safely.
  • Using all available space and beds within hospitals.
  • Stepping up Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead as a cancer hub to continue to provide vital support and operations for cancer patients across the area.
  • Providing support for mental health patients so they can be cared for in the most appropriate environment.

People are being urged to also play their part in helping the NHS provide the best possible services during this extremely busy time. The NHS is asking people to Help Us Help You and take the following actions:

  • Use the right services for your needs at the right time
  • Save emergency services for saving lives
  • Be patient with our staff, they are trying to keep people safe
  • To get your vaccines to protect yourself against COVID and flu
  • Follow public health advice to protect you and others from COVID-19

People should not delay in coming forward with health concerns, and anyone with an urgent, persistent or worrying health concern should contact their GP practice in the normal way. People should also phone 111 for 24/7 medical help and advice, use pharmacies, and urgent treatment centres in the communities for urgent issues.

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