Updated: 20 January 2021
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.
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.
Front-line health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable will also be vaccinated.
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.
I have made clear to the Government the need to vaccinate frontline workers across all key sectors: teachers, dental workers, health and social care workers, and so on. The priority must be to reduce transmission and reduce fatalities.
You can find the latest total stats for England here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/
If you are a trained healthcare professional, regardless of employment or retirement, your help is needed now. Please register or indicate your interest here.
Update on 80s:
Many constituents aged over 80 have now received their first Covid vaccination. My thanks go to all involved in the roll out for making the jab available for so many. My message to anyone over 80 still waiting for their vaccine: hang in there, it's on its way.
Please be patient.
We are already ahead of the timeline for vaccination.
It is difficult not to be anxious should you be expecting an appointment imminently and see people below you in the priority list receiving theirs.
We are very grateful to the teams working hard as part of this vaccination programme. Already we have seen members of the army assisting in ensuring speedy roll-out across Worthing and Arun. Despite the logistical issues with the Pfizer vaccine and despite GP staff and NHS staff themselves becoming ill with the virus, heavily straining the resources to administer the vaccine, we are still working within the schedule.
My team and I have been in close contact with the GP Surgeries experiencing difficulties. There are teething issues, no one can deny, but these are being sorted with the greatest of urgency. Anyone over 80 should be assured it is coming.
When you receive a call from the COVID Vaccination Booking Team, you should ensure you make yourself available to accept the appointment offered. In order to ensure everyone gets booked in, you need to be available to attend the appointment offered to you. If you decline an appointment, you may not be contacted again for a while so it is vitally important you make yourself available when you receive the invite. Also note that the booking team will NEVER ask you for payment for the vaccination, or ask you to press numbers on your phone to confirm the appointment. If someone asks you to do this, hang up immediately.
There continue to be supply issues around the country and a select few GP surgeries have experienced delays to some deliveries.
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.
It’s very important for communities to note that most GP surgeries continue to operate as a GP surgery. The volume of calls to receptions concerning COVID vaccinations is preventing patients getting through who need to speak with a GP or other clinician regarding their healthcare needs. It is imperative that patients refrain from calling the surgery regarding the COVID vaccination – you will be called when it is your turn to be invited.
We can all appreciate that this is a frightening and worrying time for everyone but it is also a time of hope and promise.
Please be patient whilst the hard working teams progress through the thousands of patients to be invited in each government group.
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Update on priority list and over 70s:
Here in West Sussex, the NHS is continuing to work hard to vaccinate the first two priority cohorts recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) - residents and staff in care homes for older people, those aged 80 and over and frontline health and care staff.
The government has announced that once services have vaccinated the majority of people in these cohorts in their areas, they now have the flexibility to offer vaccinations to the next two cohorts – those aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people.
This will keep up the pace of the vaccine roll-out, ensure that no vaccination appointments are unused and prevent wastage.
In Sussex, people aged over 80, care home residents and staff, and health and care workers remain the priority and good progress continues to be made.
As GP led vaccination services and community teams complete their patients over the age of 80 and their local care homes, they are able to vaccinate these further groups.
In addition to the local vaccination programme, in the coming week, a large-scale vaccination centre will be opening in Sussex The over 70s and clinically vulnerable people will be invited to book appointments through the national online booking service, leaving local services for those unable to travel. Over the coming weeks, we will see even more of a dramatic increase in the availability of vaccination slots as pharmacies are incorporated into the programme.
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.
It is still early days in the deployment process so as of today it is not suggested that anyone in the early vaccination groups call anybody.
When people call their GP’s it merely takes away resources that are badly needed elsewhere - including making the arrangements to contact patients for their vaccination. The only exception to this is if you are in groups 1 – 5, you have moved home recently and believe that your GP may not have the correct contact details for you.
At this moment very few people in West Sussex have received the vaccine and no one - even in the highest priority groups - should be concerned not to have been contacted.
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.
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 Barn Surgery
At this moment in time we have no confirmed dates from NHS England.
We will contact you by telephone when we have further information to enable us to invite you for your vaccine. The venue will be Durrington Health Centre.
The first cohort will be the over 80's.
Victoria Road Surgery
WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY BOOKING OR GIVING THE COVID-19 VACCINATION. WE DO NOT HAVE STOCK. YOU WILL BE CONTACTED IN DUE COURSE.
Strand Medical Group
We are delighted to announce that we now have a confirmed delivery date to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and we will be contacting eligible patients to invite them for their appointment. We are also working with other local surgeries to visit all care and nursing homes to administer the vaccine.
We will be contacting patients in line with government and NHS guidelines and these cannot be influenced. Due to this, we will be contacting patients and will not be accepting incoming calls in relation to booking a covid vaccination appointment, so please do not ask the receptionist or clinician to book a Covid vaccination appointment for you, as they are unable to do so.
The Covid Vaccination Programme is moving very fast at the moment. As soon as we have some information that will affect us and our patients, we will announce here on our website:
Phoenix Medical Centre
Booking will be conducted by our local federation, Innovation in Primary Care, who will call patients directly when they are able to arrange appointments (please DO NOT call you surgery who are not able to make an appointment for you). Patient will be asked to book for both the first and second part of vaccination (which will take place at least 3 weeks later).
St Lawrence Surgery
We are still awaiting confirmation of delivery of the first batch of vaccine so we are unable to give a confirmed date at the stage but we will update our webpages as soon as we can.
Broadwater Medical Centre
Please keep an eye on our website for further information on the plan for vaccinating our patients. Please DO NOT ring Reception as they are needed to answer the phone to our patients that need medical advice. We will proactively contact patients when we have appointments to book, which we hope to be in the New Year. We are waiting confirmation of the delivery date. Appointments will NOT be at Broadwater Medical Centre but nearby sites. Please be aware that there are scams going around pretending to be offering appointments for a covid vaccine.
Worthing Medical Group
We will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward, so please don’t contact the surgery or the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.
Westcourt Medical Centre
GP-led local vaccination services will be inviting eligible patients to receive the vaccine and further detail is being worked through to consider the roll out to wider health and care staff.
Fitzalan Medical Group
For most patients they will receive a letter - either from their GP, the national service, or both - including details of how to book their appointments and options for where they can be vaccinated.
The Coppice Surgery and Angmering Medical Centre
WEEK COMMENCING 14TH DECEMBER we will be starting our Covid Vaccination Programme at Angmering Medical Centre, please only bring your vehicle if absolutely necessary to avoid congestion at this busy time.
WILLOW GREEN SURGERY
Wait to be contacted
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS or you GP surgery for a vaccination before then.
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.