COVID-19 Vaccination Update:
This page is intended to help keep constituents updated on the progress of local vaccination rollout.
Always defer to the advice you may receive directly from your own GP or other healthcare professional.
Updated: 07 April 2021
Decisions about who gets the vaccine in which order are made by medical and immunology professionals.
For vaccines, the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) – an independent body of experts – advises the government on prioritisation. In this case, JCVI has advised an approach that prioritises those in care homes first, then those aged 80 and older and front-line health and social care staff. Beyond these groups, prioritisation is a mix of age (in 5-year intervals) and younger people who are clinically vulnerable.
The current approach prioritises reducing mortality over reducing transmission and therefore targets vaccination at those most likely to die as a result of COVID-19. Because age is the primary predictor of COVID-19 mortality, this means mainly targeting older people. It would be necessary to vaccinate around 32 times more 60–64 year olds than those older than 90 year old to save a life, or six times as many to save one year of life.
You can find a list of conditions deemed clinically extremely vulnerable here although if this applies you will already have been shielding and should previously have had a letter within the last nine months.
You can find the latest total stats for England here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/
Update from Sir Peter:
Across Sussex our NHS have hit the incredible milestone of 1 million vaccinations given.
Our hardworking NHS teams and volunteers have been working tirelessly, including the weekends, providing first and second doses to those in the first nine priority groups.
There are now just approximately 125,000 people in the priority groups 1-9 who are yet to have their vaccination, and special clinics and services are being arranged to make this as easy as possible for people.
I was pleased to have received my second dose earlier today.
The first dose of both the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection from COVID-19, everyone will need to get a second dose.
If you are nervous about getting your COVID-19 vaccination, then April could be the perfect time. Vaccination centres will be quieter and there will be plenty of staff and volunteers on hand to support you. If you’re eligible to have the vaccine at this time, you can book at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.
Important Update for residents in Littlehampton and Rustington:
Westcourt Medical Centre, The Park Surgery and Willow Green Surgery have been working together to offer the vaccination to their patients.
For those who have received the Pfizer vaccine at Westcourt Medical Centre in January, please be aware that the venue for your second dose has changed, and you will now be invited to Southfields Jubilee Centre in Southfields Road.
You will receive full information on this by text. Do not contact your GP practice.
More information about the centre is available here: www.littlehampton-tc.gov.uk/southfields-jubilee-centre
When should you expect a call?
GP surgeries have been deployed in phases which impacts the schedule. The workload associated with the planning of the programme coupled with the specifics of managing the Pfizer vaccination is immense but progress is fast.
Vaccination clinics are created as soon as GP teams receive notification from NHS England that we are scheduled for a delivery. Deliveries can come once a week, or twice a week, but we only find out what we are receiving a few days in advance of the scheduled delivery date. Deliveries are made between 8am and 6.30pm – we have no control over the time deliveries will arrive.
The Pfizer vaccine is delivered in quantities of 975 doses and has a very short shelf life of 3 and a half days. As there is not have a static day of delivery each week, clinics are booked on the days following delivery and therefore could be scheduled on any days of the week.
What to do when you receive a letter or phone call inviting you for a vaccination?
As per the advice given by the government and NHS England, patients will receive an invitation once their GP surgery is ready to book their cohort. Currently, the booking will be undertaken by the excellent team at ‘Innovations in Primary Care (IPC)’ and patients will be called by the Covid-19 Booking Team.
Some patients will have received notice they are in the priority group in the form of a letter from their GPs prior to Christmas which resulted these patients returning signed consent forms and this helps their GP practices significantly helping ensure they experience an efficient visit to the practice when they arrive for their booked vaccine.
It will help the teams providing the vaccine if patients are aware:
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's vitally important not to contact your GP surgery for a vaccination before then.
When it's your time to be invited, you will be telephoned by our COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Team. They will never ask you for a payment or your bank details - please do not give any financial information to anyone regarding COVID vaccinations.
Please ensure you attend your booked vaccination appointments.
You will be invited for a first dose, and also booked in for a second dose 12 weeks after receiving the first dose.
Do not arrive early at the vaccination centre on the day of your vaccination. Due to social distancing requirements, you will not be able to queue for long periods in advance of your allocated time slot.
Unless you need help, please queue on your own.
Please ensure you bring a face mask with you and wear a short-sleeved top so the vaccinator can quickly access your shoulder for the injection. This is very important.
Parking may be a challenge at or near the site so this must be carefully considered before driving to the vaccination centre.
You will be required to stay on site for 15 minutes after your vaccination for observations.
How do I get to my appointment?
Some people will have to travel further than others to get their vaccination. During the current restrictions, family and friends of elderly patients are permitted to take them to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment under the exemption of ‘providing care for the vulnerable’. If this is not possible, then you may be able to access community transport. Other options are also being explored to support residents travelling to their vaccination appointment if they cannot ask a friend or family member for help. Please ask at the time of booking what local arrangements are in place.
Information on Local GPs:
The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider for the vaccination programme in West Sussex and will be responsible for co-ordinating and managing the programme, as well as some of the delivery alongside GPs and other NHS trusts.
The primary place where most will have the vaccine administered is via local GP surgeries however not every surgery will feel that they have the necessary space and resources and many have formed themselves into groups where one surgery will act as a vaccination centre or ‘Hub’ for others.
Below is the most up-to-date information received from local GPs regarding (if you are aware of updates, please e-mail me):
The GP led vaccination services for West Sussex are currently:
Adur and Worthing
Lancing Parish Hall, for patients at:
Ball Tree Surgery
New Pond Row Surgery
Northbourne Medical Centre, for patients at:
Harbour View Healthcare
Northbourne Medical Centre
The Manor Practice
Strand Medical Group, for patients at:
Selden Medical Group
Worthing Medical Group
Durrington Health Centre, for patients at:
Lime Tree Surgery (Phoenix)
St Lawrence Surgery, for patients at:
Broadwater Medical Centre
St Lawrence Surgery
Victoria Road Surgery
Angmering Community Centre, for patients at:
Fitzalan Medical Group
Bognor Medical Centre, for patients at:
Avisford Medical Group
Bersted Green Surgery
Bognor Medical Centre
Flansham Park Health Centre
Grove House Surgery
Maywood Health Care Centre
The Croft Surgery
West Meads Surgery
Westcourt Medical Centre, for patients at:
Willow Green Surgery
Westcourt Medical Centre
COVID19 Vaccination Scam Warning:
Many will share in concern at hearing the lengths to which scammers are taking advantage of vulnerable people. By raising awareness of what a scam looks like we can protect people and learn to recognise a genuine call or text message offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.
The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
At the moment there are no house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. 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.