The Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that vaccines should first be given to residents and staff in care homes for older people, people aged over 80, and health and care workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is working to vaccinate all health, social care and care workers across Sussex as soon as possible. This includes vaccinating frontline health and care workers by mid-February.
We are well on our way to achieving this, and thousands more health and care workers are being vaccinated every day. The number of vaccinations delivered continues to increase every week as further vaccination services come online.
With new services becoming available, the NHS and local authorities are working together closely to ensure that processes are in place for all eligible workers who have not yet had the opportunity to book an appointment.
New national guidance for the vaccination of health and care workers was published last week and arrangements are currently being developed to make the best use of all available vaccination slots and ensure that those who are most at risk of exposure to the virus receive their first vaccination as quickly as possible.
As soon as the new arrangements are finalised, further details will be made available through NHS and local authority partners, setting out clearly how eligible workers can arrange their vaccination.
We recognise the high interest and demand for the vaccination and would like to reassure colleagues that the new arrangements being put in place will mean that more health and care workers can get their vaccination more quickly. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we work to put these arrangements in place.