COVID-19 vaccination update, 24 February

Government announces fourth dose this spring

Spring booster for over 75s

This week as part of its Living with COVID plan, the government has set out that specific groups will be offered an additional COVID-19 vaccine this spring.

People aged 75 and over are to be offered the further vaccination as well as those aged 12 and above who are immunosuppressed.

Across the UK, a second booster will be offered to:

  • adults aged 75 and over
  • residents in a care home for older adults
  • people aged 12 and over with weakened immune systems

The dose is to be given six months after the previous booster, but hasn’t gone live yet.

The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to 12 to 18-year-olds, and either Pfizer or Moderna to other eligible people.

Previously, only people with severely weakened immune systems have been offered four jabs – defined as their three primary doses and a booster.

The UK’s vaccine advisers, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said an extra dose would help maintain protection from severe COVID in the most vulnerable individuals.

Immunity declines over time and many of the groups affected received their third dose in September or October.

People are asked not to contact their GP practice or other NHS services to ask about this at this stage and there will be more information shared shortly, including details of how to arrange a vaccination.

NHS urges those who had COVID in December to get boosted without delay

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People who had COVID-19 over Christmas are being urged to get boosted now if they haven’t already done so, as the roll out of the NHS vaccination programme continues at pace.

In December, more than four million people in England tested positive for COVID and would have been unable to get their vaccine for at least 28 days, in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.

Texts have been sent by the NHS this week urging people to come forward and get protected from the virus, and the NHS in Sussex is calling for people to come forward.

New NHS data shows there are 6.3 million people nationally who are overdue their booster by six weeks or more.

The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows shortly after getting a booster, you are 85% less likely to end up in hospital than if you are unvaccinated.

Not had your COVID vaccine yet? Not sure about getting it? Walk in this week or speak to someone

COVID-19 vaccination free to everyone at walk in and pop-ups

Getting the COVID vaccine is the best way of protecting you and your family and friends from illness.

If you haven’t had any of your COVID vaccines yet, it’s not too late. And if you’ve had your first and second dose it’s really important to get your booster as soon as you’re eligible, so you’ve got the best possible protection against COVID-19.

You can book online or go to a local walk-in session, wherever suits you best.

Unsure about getting the vaccine?

If you’re not sure about getting the vaccine or if you have questions, this week you can head to the walk-in session at St Peter’s Church in Brighton on Friday 25 February between 10.30am and 2.30pm to speak to a clinician.

So even If you’re not sure about the vaccine, go along to the session and speak to someone about it. They’ll be no pressure to have the vaccine on the day, but you can find out more.

If you are ready to have your vaccine, you can book online or by calling 119 for an appointment at Churchill Square, Brighton Racecourse or some pharmacies in the city.  There are walk-in sessions available every day across the city for anyone aged 16 or over. There’s no need to book, just turn up.
Please check the Sussex Health & Care Partnership website for the latest list of times and dates.

Walk-in vaccinations available across East Sussex

Grab a jab at a local drop in clinic

Walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccinations are taking place regularly across East Sussex to allow as many people as possible to access the vaccines. There are venues in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Newhaven, Peacehaven and St Leonards in the coming week.
You don’t need an appointment – simply turn up to receive your vaccination. Everyone aged 12 and over is welcome, with 1st, 2nd and booster doses available.

Every day

  • 08.30-16.30 – Sovereign Harbour Community Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH.

Friday 25 February 2022

  • 10.00-16.00 – Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, 51 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NB.
  • 10.00-16.00 – Tesco store, North Street, Hailsham BN27 1DN.
  • 10.00-16.00 – Hastings Town Hall Priory Square entrance, Hastings TN34 1QR.
  • 09.00-16.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings TN35 5BL.
  • 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings TN34 3PX.
  • 09.15-13.00 & 14.15-17.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards TN37 6DU.

Saturday 26 February 2022

  • 10.00-16.00 – Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, 51 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NB.
  • 10.00-16.00 – Eastbourne Pier, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3EL.
  • 10.00-15.30 – Hastings Town Hall Priory Square entrance, Hastings TN34 1QR.
  • 10.00-16.00 – Kings Church, The Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA.
  • 09.00-13.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings TN35 5BL.
  • 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings TN34 3PX.
  • 09.00-12.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards TN37 6DU

Sunday 27 February 2022

  • 12.00-18.00 – Pelham Place Car Park, Hastings TN34 3AD.

Monday 28 February 2022

  • 10.00-16.00 – Outside former Debenhams store, 1-3 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HT.
  • 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings TN34 3PX.
  • 09.00-13.00 & 14.15-17.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards TN37 6DU.

Tuesday 1 March 2022

  • 10.00-16.00 – Langney Shopping Centre, Kingfisher Drive, Eastbourne BN23 7RT.
  • 10.00-16.00 – Hastings Town Hall Priory Square entrance, Hastings TN34 1QR.
  • 12.00-19.00 – Kings Church, The Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA.
  • 09.00-16.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings TN35 5BL.
  • 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings TN34 3PX. Pfizer.
  • 10.30-14.30 – Denton Island Community Centre, Meeching Boat Yard, 1 Denton Island, Newhaven BN9 9BA

Wednesday 2 March 2022

  • 09.00-13.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings TN35 5BL.
  • 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings TN34 3PX.
  • 12.00-18.00 – Steyning Avenue Car Park, Peacehaven BN10 8NS.

Thursday 3 March 2022

  • 09.00-16.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings TN35 5BL.
  • 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings TN34 3PX.
  • 12.00-18.00 – Sainsbury’s, The Drove, Newhaven BN9 0AG.
  • 11.00-16.00 – The Meridian Centre, Sutton Avenue, Peacehaven BN10 8BB.
  • 09.00-13.00 & 14.15-17.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards TN37 6DU.

Friday 4 March 2022

  • 10.00-16.00 – Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, 51 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NB.
  • 10.00-16.00 – Hastings Town Hall Priory Square entrance Hastings TN34 1QR.
  • 09.00-16.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings TN35 5BL.
  • 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings TN34 3PX.
  • 09.00-13.00 & 14.15-17.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards TN37 6DU.

Saturday 5 March 2022

  • 10.00-16.00 – Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, 51 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NB.
  • 10.00-15.30 – Hastings Town Hall Priory Square entrance Hastings TN34 1QR.
  • 10.00-16.00 – Kings Church, The Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA.
  • 09.00-13.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings TN35 5BL.
  • 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings TN34 3PX.
  • 09.00-12.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards TN37 6DU.

Find out more about the walk-in vaccination sessions on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

Grab a jab this half term

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The NHS in West Sussex is urging young people to come forward for their COVID-19 vaccinations this half term.

Anyone aged 12 and over can now receive two doses, with anyone aged 16 and over also eligible for a booster.

While children and young people have a break from school this week, the NHS is urging families to use this opportunity to make sure they get their vaccine.

By being vaccinated, young people can benefit from the best protection against COVID-19 and prevent the transmission of the virus as much as possible.

School visits have been taking place across the Sussex, but anyone who missed their school session or was not able to have it at the time, can attend a specific walk-in session or arrange an appointment on the national booking website.

People aged between 12 and 15 are eligible for two doses of the COVID vaccine, 12 weeks apart.

Anyone aged over 16 can also attend a walk in vaccination session anywhere in Sussex or arrange an appointment on the national booking website.

People over 16 are eligible for two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 8 weeks apart.

On average 64% of Sussex’s 12 – 15 year olds have had a first dose of the vaccine, while 74% of 16-17s have had a at least one vaccination, but there is still more work to be done to get Sussex’s young people fully protected.

Anyone aged under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or carer who can provide consent for them to receive their vaccination.

Find out more about the vaccination programme on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

Overseas vaccination service launched in Sussex

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A new service has just been launched in Sussex so that people who have their vaccinations abroad can have these validated to appear in the NHS App.

The Overseas Vaccine Record Validation Service has gone live in Chichester in West Sussex, and is due to be rolled out in Brighton and Hove shortly. It is also available at locations across the country.

This service enables you to book an appointment to show evidence for any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you’ve had outside of England, and enables the NHS to securely update your vaccination record.

You can use this service if you’re aged 16 years old or over and have an NHS number.
You also must have received one of these vaccines outside of England:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Institute of India (Covishield)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
  • SinoVac (CoronaVac)
  • Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)

People can book at appointment with the service by using the National Booking Service or calling 119.

More information on the service is available here.

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