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: 13th December 2021
Booster Jabs in Winter:
A new target has been set to offer boosters to all adults who want one by the end of the month. Booster jabs will be offered to everyone over 18 in England from this week, 13th December, as the Prime Minister warns of an "Omicron emergency".
Some walk-in appointments will be available from Monday for eligible over-18s, depending on location.
My team and I will share updates on locations and availability via my social media and website when available.
As is common with many other vaccines, there is early evidence that the levels of protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines reduce over time, particularly in older individuals who are at greater risk from the virus. Early data suggests that getting a third booster dose gives an individual around 70% to 75% protection against symptomatic infection from Omicron.
For people who are clinically vulnerable to Covid, a third dose of a vaccine is considered their full course - with a fourth jab being given as their booster.
Vaccines for Under 18-Year-Olds:
Owing to a strong case made by evidence and research, the UK’s four chief medical officers have decided that children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a first Pfizer jab as soon as possible, with the programme led by in-school vaccination services. A second injection will be potentially given once more evidence is gathered, so not before the spring term at the earliest.
The potential benefits have been considered against the potential risks from vaccination. The likely impact in reducing disruption to schools has meant that such a plan could be clinically justified.
The programme in the UK has so far been limited to children between 12 and 15 with health problems in addition to all 16-and-17-year olds who have been offered one jab dose of the vaccine since the 6th of August. The utmost priority has always been to vaccinate those at the highest risk from serious COVID-19 infection in the UK while minimising disruption to our society: this continues to be the case.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has been also considering how many people should receive third, booster Covid jabs, with an announcement, also due imminently, ahead of Boris Johnson setting out the government’s plan for combatting the virus over winter on Tuesday. Further information will be shared when this becomes available.
Having the jab remains a personal choice. For parents with children now being offered the jab, parents will know best. I encourage all to recognize the benefits, consider those unable to receive the vaccine and make an educated and compassionate decision on behalf of their child.
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.
Please contact your local GP or visit their website for up-to-date information on their vaccination provisions.
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.