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COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination programme East Sussex update 22 October 2021 - Click here


As reported by the BBC:

England’s NHS app will be available to use as a vaccine passport from Monday, the government has said - but only for those who have had both doses of the jab.

A paper version will also be available - by calling 119 but not through a GP.

Both will be available from Monday, 17 May, when the ban on foreign travel is eased.

The NHS app is separate to the NHS Covid-19 app, which is used for contact tracing.

Please note that asking your practice for detailed coded access to your medical notes WILL NOT mean you can see your vaccination status on the NHS app, our advice is to wait until 17 May 2021.

Covid Vaccine Enquiries

There is now a phone number that patients can call if they have enquiries regarding the Covid Vaccination Programme which is 0800 433 4545 which is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

You can also visit the following link which provides answers to frequently asked questions.

https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/faqs-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/

You can also email your queries to the following address vaccineenquiries@nhs.net

Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting (EXTERNAL LINK)

East Sussex Update
14th October 2021

A new film urges people to come forward for their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of the winter.

It comes as new research suggests adults are underestimating the combined threat of COVID-19 and flu this winter.

There could be a significant flu surge this winter coinciding with continuing or rising COVID-19 cases. This is due to colder weather which favours transmission, darker nights which mean increased social contact indoors where it is less well ventilated, and expected lower immunity to flu due to lower levels in circulation last winter.

A recent survey seeking views from 3,000 people found that nearly one third (32%) were unaware that flu and COVID-19 can circulate at the same time, over a quarter (26%) did not know that flu can be fatal and over half (55%) underestimated the number of people who die from flu in an average year in England (which is approximately 11,000).

The new film sees media medics Dr Amir Khan, Dr Dawn Harper and Dr Karan Ranj explain why it is more important than ever for people to get their winter vaccines as soon as possible this autumn, as both viruses have the potential to cause serious illness and hospitalisation.

Read more about our plans for the booster programme.


East Sussex update
29 September 2021

First man in the South East to be vaccinated receives COVID booster in Sussex

Michael Tibbs made history as the oldest person to receive the Pfizer jab in the UK on 8 December, 2020, and this week in Sussex he received his booster shot in the biggest and most successful rollout in health service history.

The 99-year-old Second World War submarine lieutenant received his booster at Midhurst Pharmacy in West Sussex this week just ahead of his 100th birthday.

The service is one of more than 30 across Sussex which are now giving booster vaccinations to eligible patients after the roll out started last week.

People do not need to contact the NHS but will be invited when it is their turn. Texts and letters are going out to people to invite them to use the national booking system, and local GP vaccination services are contacting people directly.

Michael said: “I’m grateful to receive the booster vaccination as I was to receive the first. I didn’t notice any side effects. Just a prick, and it’s done! It’s wonderful and I think it’ll make a lot of difference to everybody.”

Michael received his booster at Midhurst Pharmacy, where Raj Rohilla and team have been working hard to vaccinate thousands of people in the West Sussex community since the programme began in December last year.

Raj said: "It was a real pleasure and an honour to meet Mr Tibbs at our pharmacy. We feel it a real privilege to complete Mr Tibbs' vaccination journey with his COVID Booster.

“We would like to urge everyone who is invited for their COVID Booster to take up the offer and book with the National Booking System either online or by phoning 119."

Watch the BBC South Today coverage of Mr Tibbs receiving his vaccination.

Read more about our plans for the booster programme.

16 and 17 year olds can now book their jab online

This week the NHS is calling for any 16 or 17 year old who hasn’t had their COVID vaccine yet to come forward.

It is now even easier for people aged 16 and 17 to get the all-important COVID-19 vaccination as they can now use the national booking system to book online.

This means they can now use the website or call 119 to book an appointment as well as to see the clinics and walk in sessions available for them.

Hundreds of appointments are available every day in Sussex, and there are walk ins for this group each day at specific locations.

More than half of 16 and 17 year olds have now received their vaccination in Sussex and nearly three quarters of a million young people in England, around 60%, are already vaccinated.

Thousands of texts are being sent to eligible teenagers to encourage them to come forward to get protected. Messages appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to make a booking.

Walk in sessions are also available every day - see the latest list for this week.

One-stop walk-ins for Covid vaccines in Eastbourne

Anyone who is eligible for a Covid jab can now get the one they need without an appointment at Sovereign Harbour Community Centre in Eastbourne.

The centre, which is open from 8.30-4.30pm seven days a week, is ready to welcome people who need either their first, second or booster jab, according to the following criteria:

  • First dose – anyone aged 16 or over who needs their first jab
  • Second dose – anyone aged 16 and over who needs their second dose, must be 8 weeks after their first dose
  • Autumn booster – must be six months after second dose, those eligible are:
    • People aged 50 and over
    • People who live and work in care homes
    • Frontline health and social care workers
    • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
    • Carers aged 16 and over
    • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections

A team from South Downs Health and Care GP Federation, which is running the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre vaccination service, is contacting local people registered with GP practices across Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford and Bexhill to offer appointments for the autumn booster.

However, anyone covered by the list above can also just walk in between 8.30am-4.30pm. Sovereign Harbour Community Centre is located at The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH. Free parking is available and there are good public transport links.

New pop-up venue for Hastings

We’ve added another location for people to get their Covid jab Hastings.

On Friday 8 October a pop-up session will take place at Asda in Battle Road, Hastings, St Leonards on Sea TN37 7AA from 12 noon until 6.30pm.

You will find us in the top car park, by the grocery collection area. People aged 16 and over who need a jab are welcome to come along.

Find out where to get a jab in Hastings and other locations in Sussex.

More than 20 schools visited as part of 12-15 year old vaccination offer

By the end of this week more than 20 schools across Sussex, including seven in East Sussex, will have been visited to offer 12 to 15 year old students their COVID vaccine.

The visits, led by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, have been taking place every day this week, and will be taking place over the next six weeks for remaining schools.

Parental, guardian or Carer consent is being sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to their visits in line with existing school vaccination programmes.

Every parent, Carer or guardian is being written to with the arrangements for their child's school and a link to the consent system.  There is also a phone number for anyone who needs an alternative method. These letters will be shared over the next six weeks as the visits are arranged with schools.

Children with parental consent in place will then be offered a vaccine on the day of visit to the school.

Read more about these vaccinations, and FAQs for 12 to 15 year olds

Warning as parents and schools are targeted by anti-vaccination hoaxes

As the schools vaccination programme continues, reports of hoax anti-vaccination activity is rising.

This week schools were targeted by an email pretending to be from the NHS, with a fake consent form for parents.

Head teachers were sent a "consent checklist", under a fake NHS logo, along with a letter telling them to share this with parents.

But the checklist includes a series of negative claims about the risks of vaccinations to young people.

There have also been reports of parents receiving emails asking for payment for the vaccine for their child or children.

Schools are being reassured that all official information will be shared through the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) provider in the usual way.

Parents and the public are being urged to remember, the COVID vaccination is free on the NHS and no-one will be asked to pay for it. If there are any concerns about an email or communication you have received, please contact the Vaccine Enquiries Team - sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net

New national service to support missing or incorrect vaccination information

This week the Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS) has been launched, aiming to resolve missing or incorrect vaccination records for people.

To use the support you need to have been vaccinated in England, have a current NHS number and are registered with a GP practice in England.

To reach the service, simply call 119. The call agent is able to make a referral to the VDRS team on your behalf. The VDRS team will then call you back within five working days.

Please note the service is not able to provide clinical advice and cannot assist at this time with queries related to vaccinations received overseas.

If the query relates to personal information that is incorrect on the patient record (e.g. name, address), these will still need to be resolved by their GP practice.

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 


East Sussex update
23 September 2021

People start to be invited for their COVID booster

This week invites have started to go out to people for their COVID booster vaccine.

Initially people aged 80 and over will be invited, but over the coming weeks people in all the eligible groups will be offered the autumn booster.

This includes people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.

Care home visits have also started this week, with GP practice teams and GP Federations visiting care homes to provide their residents and staff with a booster vaccine.

It is important to note that people can only receive the booster vaccine six months after their second dose.
People will get a call or text from their local GP led site to get the jab, or will be invited to use the National Booking Service website or call 119 and vaccines will offered at existing vaccination sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccine centres.

Read more about our plans for the booster programme.

School visits now underway to offer to 12 - 15 year olds 

This week visits have started to schools to offer children aged 12 to 15 a COVID vaccine.

Parental, guardian or Carer consent is being sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to their visits in line with existing school vaccination programmes.

Every parent, Carer or guardian is being written to with the arrangements for their child's school and a link to the consent system. These letters will be shared over the next six weeks as the visits are arranged with schools.

Children with parental consent in place will then be offered a vaccine on the day of visit to the school.

Read more about these vaccinations, and FAQs for 12 to 15 year olds

Changes to the location of vaccination services in Eastbourne

Vaccination services have moved from the former Mothercare store to Sovereign Harbour Community Centre.

From Sunday 19 September, the team at Sovereign Harbour Community Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH have taken on the appointments that had been booked for the former Mothercare store.

The service, run by South Downs Health and Care GP Federation, will also be open for walk in vaccinations for everyone aged 16 and above, with no appointment needed.

People who have appointments booked for the former Mothercare store on or after Sunday 19 September have been contacted by text message, email and phone to let them know about the change of venue for their appointment.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the teams from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) who, alongside our local GP practices, have been working tirelessly since 1 February 2021 to deliver the Covid vaccine to local people.

As we enter the next phase of the vaccination programme SCFT is now handing over to local GPs, who will continue to provide vaccinations in the town. 

For anyone who is yet to have their vaccination, you can book an appointment at one of the services in Eastbourne, or at other sites in Sussex, via the National Booking Service either online or by calling 119. See the latest list of walk-in sessions where no appointment is needed.

Read Mike's experience of getting his vaccine

To help encourage others, Mike, who has Learning Disabilities, has shared his experience of getting his vaccine at Brighton Racecourse.

He has helped to show step-by-step what is like and what people need to do.

Read Mike's story.

If you are yet to have your first or your second vaccination, there is still time.

It is not too late to have either vaccines – and we are keen for people who are yet to have theirs to make sure they receive this vital protection..

See the latest sessions taking place this week.

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 


East Sussex update
16 September 2021

Boosters to be offered across East Sussex

This week the Government has approved plans for COVID-19 boosters for eligible groups.

Over the coming weeks our teams will now start offering booster jabs to people in eligible groups as the vaccination programme moves to the next stage.

The same priority groups will be offered the boosters in phases.

This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be offered a booster.

Vaccines will be delivered through existing vaccination sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccine centres.

Local NHS areas will be prioritising care home residents and staff ensuring they are offered a vaccine by the beginning of November.

People do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their booster vaccine, our teams will be in touch when they become eligible for the jab with around 4.5 million people in priority groups eligible for a booster over the coming weeks.

People will get a call or text from their local GP led site to get the jab, or will be invited by the National Booking Service, which will start issuing invitations from next week.

Booster jabs are effective for topping up protection for people who have had both of their jabs from at the very least six months on after their second dose.

Read more about our plans for the booster programme.


Government approves universal offer to 12 to 15 year olds

The Government has announced this week that children aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs).

Ministers have accepted the advice of the four UK CMOs and the NHS across the country is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme.

In Sussex, plans have been developed and over the next six weeks each school will be offered a visit to provide the vaccination for 12 to 15 year old students. Parental, guardian or Carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination in line with existing school vaccination programmes.

Every parent, guardian or Carer will receive a letter with the details of this session for your school, the consent process, and next steps.

Read more about these vaccinations, and FAQs for 12 to 15 year olds


Call out continues for people to come forward for their vaccination

As the Government announces the next phases of the vaccination campaign, we are keen to remind people that there is still time for people to come forward for their first and second jabs.

It is not too late to have either vaccines – and we are keen for people who are yet to have theirs to make sure they receive this vital protection.

Walk in sessions are taking place every day at our vaccination centres, and there are mobile sessions taking place across our communities.

See the latest sessions taking place this week.

Our vaccination champion Tanya Mawarha shares her experience of getting her vaccine to encourage others to come forward.

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

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