Latest figures show that 71% of eligible adults in Brighton and Hove, 81% in East Sussex and 82% in West Sussex have now received their COVID-19 booster vaccination.
It comes after vaccinations teams stepped up efforts throughout December to significantly increase the number of appointments available, to offer a booster to all eligible adults by the end of the year as part of the response against the Omicron variant.
Vaccination services extended their opening hours, held sessions on further days and increased the number of walk in sessions to help make the vaccination available to local residents.
From an average of 80,000 a week, the number of appointments soared and reached 150,000 completed vaccinations a week.
Work now continues to encourage anyone who is yet to come forward for their vaccination to book an appointment or arrange to attend a walk in session.
There are available appointments at all services across the city on the National Booking Service for the coming days and weeks. There are also walk in sessions being held our communities – see the latest list of days and locations.
Health leaders are also reminding people that it isn’t just about boosters, and if people are yet to have their first or their second primary doses, they are also encouraged to come forward and receive this vital protection.
Today, Thursday 6 January, the Chancellor praised and thanked the teams working to provide vaccinations across Sussex.
Rishi Sunak visited the vaccination service at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, run by Alliance for Better Care GP Federation.
He met with Katherine Saunders, Dr Jon Leung and Laura Daniels from ABC and Tom Gurney, Acting Senior Responsible Officer for the programme.
Talking with the team, volunteers and patients, he praised how the service was working and the collective effort to ensure that everyone was offered their vaccinations.
Since the service at Clair Hall opened in December 2020, it has delivered more than 160,000 vaccinations.
Schools in Sussex will start to be revisited from next week as we work to ensure that young people are protected.
12 to 15 year olds are now eligible for a second dose, and the Schools Immunisation team will be revisiting schools to offer vaccination to all those with consent in place.
They will also be able to offer first vaccinations to anyone eligible who has yet to receive a first dose.
In addition to the school visits, appointments for 12 to 15 year olds are available in Brighton and Hove through the National Booking Service website and 119. There are clinics across our communities offering the vaccination in specific clinics for this age group.
Parents are particularly being urged to complete and return consent forms if you haven’t already and you want your child to receive their vaccination in school. Even if your child has recently had COVID-19 and may not be able to receive it within the next 12 weeks, please complete the consent form but let the team know that they have or recently had COVID-19, and they can make sure you receive the appropriate information about catch up clinics.
Home visits to provide booster vaccinations have been underway in Sussex.
To date more than 95% of people who have been identified as needing a home visit have been vaccinated.
These specific visits have ensured that some of our most vulnerable residents have received this vital protection.
A detailed action plan is now underway to reach those remaining, which includes visits planned for this week, arrangements to vaccinate those who may be in hospital, further attempts to contact those who couldn’t be reached, and planned appointments for those who are yet to be eligible.
If you are housebound and have not yet been contacted please do contact our Vaccine Enquiry Team to make sure that no-one is missed – phone 0800 433 4545 (open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
People who are immunosuppressed or have a weakened immune system are now able to get a booster vaccine.
Anyone in this group would be able to have a fourth dose (after three primary doses) 3 months after their 3rd dose.
GPs and hospital specialists will be inviting people for their booster dose when it is due, but if people think they are eligible we would encourage them to speak to their health professionals.
If people have a letter from their GP or hospital specialist inviting them for a vaccine, they can bring this letter to any of the walk in sessions to receive their vaccination. See the latest dates and locations for walk in sessions.
Read more about the 3rd and 4th dose.
Walk in vaccinations are available for residents in Brighton and Hove at a whole host of venues across the city. No appointment necessary, just turn up and get your 1st, 2nd and booster vaccines. Make sure you dress appropriately for waiting in line during the winter months:
Friday 7 January 2022
09.30-13.30 – Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 9XZ
09.00-18.00 – Coldean Pharmacy, 16 Beatty Avenue, Coldean, Brighton, BN1 9ED
10.30-14.30 – St Peter’s Church, York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU
Saturday 8 January 2022
09.30-13.30 and 14.30-18.30 – Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 9XZ
08.00-19.00 – Coldean Pharmacy, 16 Beatty Avenue, Coldean, Brighton, BN1 9ED
14.00-16.30 – Old Boat Community Centre, Carden Hill, Brighton, BN1 8GN
Sunday 9 January 2022
09.30-14.30 – Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 9XZ
10.30-14.30 – Waitrose car park, 130-134 Western Road (entrance to car park via Hampton Place), Brighton, BN1 2LA
Monday 10 January 2022
09.00-18.00 – Coldean Pharmacy, 16 Beatty Avenue, Coldean, Brighton, BN1 9ED
10.30-14.30 – The Whitehawk Inn, Whitehawk Road, Brighton, BN2 5NS
Hastings United Football Club are hosting another walk-in vaccination pop-up session at the Continental Pilot Field, Elphinstone Road, Hastings TN34 2AX this Saturday, 8 January. Anyone who needs either a first, second or booster jab is welcome to attend from 12.30pm, no appointment necessary.
The whole family can come along as anyone aged 12 or over will be able to receive a jab – so from grandchildren to grandparents, everyone eligible can receive this vital protection against COVID-19 on the same day.
This pop-up follows a similar highly successful event on 18 December. Not only did Hastings Utd triumph against Ramsgate Football Club, over 165 people also received their COVID jabs on that day.
The local NHS and public health team are hoping for an even bigger ‘score’ in terms of vaccinations given this Saturday – and another victory for Hastings Utd against their opponents, Faversham Town.
Billy Wood, CEO of Hastings United, said:
“Whilst I stand by that the vaccine is an individual choice, we are delighted in continuing to support the rollout. The rise in uptake since our first pop up was incredible and we are excited to do it all again.
“Players and staff took the option up last time, and I am sure we’ll see the same again from ones who are eligible. Not only will you be helping the severity that COVID-19 can do by taking the vaccine, we are offering all free tickets to the game! A jab and hopefully three points will be on the menu this Saturday at The Continental Pilot Field.”
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. Kick-off is at 3pm. If you can’t make it on Saturday, there are lots of appointments on the NHS booking system as well as other walk in sessions in Hastings in the coming days. Check the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website for the latest dates and locations in Sussex.
Good luck to Hastings in their match against the Lilywhites!
This week a mobile vaccination service has been on site at Morrisons in Littlehampton to provide easy access to booster vaccines.
The service has been open from Tuesday and is there until the end of tomorrow, open 11am to 4pm.
There is free parking at the Morrisons store and no appointments are needed. Simply walk up to the service for a first, second or booster vaccine.
It comes after the bus was in Bognor Regis last week at the Bognor Regis Football Club, with our vaccinators on the day pictured above.
Huge thanks goes to all of the team who have supported this service, in particular for this week, Ali Whitburn, vaccine champion and lead for Morrisons in Littlehampton.
Next week the bus will continue to be in the Arun District – more details coming soon.
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.