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: 14 September 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.
If you are eligible, you can book or manage your vaccine appointment here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
You can find the latest total stats for England here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/
Booster Jabs in Winter:
As of 9 September, more than 92 million doses of the vaccine have been given across the UK.
Latest Public Health England (PHE) estimates suggest that 143,600 hospitalisations (up to 22 August), 112,300 deaths and 24,702,000 infections had been prevented as a result of the vaccination programme, up to 27 August 2021.
The government has published its ‘Autumn and Winter Plan’ for how it will aim to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges while ensuring the National Health Service (NHS) does not come under unsustainable pressure. It can be viewed, in full, online here.
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.
The NHS will offer booster doses to individuals who received vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: all those 50 years of age and over, all individuals aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, and residents in a care home for older adults and their carers.
Separately to the booster programme, the NHS is already offering a third vaccine dose to people aged 12 and over with severely weakened immune systems as part of their primary schedule, as recommended by the JCVI.
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.
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.