The NHS in Sussex is making good progress with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The target to offer the vaccination to everyone in the first four priority groups has been met, and we are now in a position to move on to priority groups 5 and 6.

Priority group 5: If you are aged 65 or over you are now eligible to book your vaccine.  You may receive a letter inviting you to book, but even if you don’t you may go online to www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 free to book your vaccination appointment.  These appointments will be at our large vaccination centres or community pharmacy-led sites.

You will not automatically receive an invitation from your local GP-led service.  However, if it is difficult for you to get to one of the larger sites, you may have your vaccine at a GP-led site, and we hope to be able to provide information as to how you can arrange this within the next few days, so please check back for updates.

Priority group 6 – ‘at risk’: People aged 16 or over who are classed as ‘at risk’ are being contacted from this week by their local GP-led vaccination service to have their vaccinations.  If you are unsure as to whether you are ‘at risk’, a good indicator is that such people are usually called by their GP practice every year to have their free flu jab. See more information about the ‘at risk’ group. Note that those in the ‘at risk’ group are not currently able to book online or by phone and must await their invitation.

Priority group 6 – informal carers: Informal carers are also eligible in group 6, and further information as to how carers will be identified and invited for their vaccinations will be available within the next few days.  Note that where a cared for person is classed as ‘at risk’ and is housebound, and where it is clinically appropriate to do so, their carer will be vaccinated at the same time, if present.

As the vaccine is rolled out, we have three important messages for the public:

  1. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. Services are very busy providing care and rolling out the vaccine, so please wait to be contacted.
  2. You may get your invite in a variety of ways. It doesn’t matter which you respond to, but please do act on your invite when it comes.
  3. Whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.

We are already putting plans in place for rolling out the vaccine to the next five priority groups. Take a look at our ‘When will I get my jab’ pages to find out more about when you can expect to receive an invitation for a vaccination.

Warning over COVID vaccination scams

Unfortunately, there are fraudulent texts and email messages about vaccinations being sent to patients.

People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link.

This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.

Protecting yourself against fraud

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is free – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you receive a text or email that you believe to be fraudulent please delete it.
  • If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

Please be assured that even if you don’t respond to a genuine message because you are worried it could be fraudulent, you will remain on the vaccination list and be contacted again.

How to spot an official NHS text message

  • An official NHS text message will include specific details such as the name of your GP practice or group of practices working on behalf of your GP. It may also include details of the vaccination centre. Scam text messages and emails usually don’t include his information.
  • An official NHS text message from the national booking system will be a reminder text so will include details of your booked appointment such as date, time and location.
  • Remember, the NHS will NEVER ask you to pay for your vaccination or ask for your bank details.

Further information and resources

If you have a question about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme please take a look at our frequently asked questions page, or on the pages linked below. If you can’t find the answer, please contact us – our details are at the bottom of this page.

Contact us

You can email us at sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net, or call our vaccine enquiry phone line: 0800 433 4545 (open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday).

Note that we cannot book a vaccination appointment for you – please wait to be contacted.

When will I get my jab?

You will probably be very keen to get your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. Find out more about when you’re likely to be invited, how you will book your appointment and where you can get your jab.

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