COVID-19 Vaccination Update:

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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: 18 June 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/

Update from Sir Peter:

 

As of the 18th of June, our local NHS are now inviting people aged 18 and above for the life saving COVID-19 jab.

Those aged between 18 and 24 will have begun being invited by text message to receive their life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Those who are eligible can book an appointment online here. People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

 

Every day brings with it another exciting milestone in our vaccination programme.  This milestone comes as latest data shows that more than 1.8 million vaccinations have now been delivered across Sussex, with 96.1% of all those over 50 now having received their first dose, and 87.4 receiving their second.

As of this past week, over 60% of the UK's adult population have received their first dose and over 40% have received their second. This amounts to just over 68 million doses having been given.

Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic.

 

I echo the words of the Prime Minister: when you are offered the vaccine, please take it.

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.

  • Depending on the vaccine provided, you may 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 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

  • Orchard Surgery ​

 

 

Northbourne Medical Centre, for patients at:

 

  • Harbour View Healthcare

  • Northbourne Medical Centre

  • The Manor Practice

 

Strand Medical Group, for patients at:

Cornerway’s Surgery

 

  • Selden Medical Group

  • Worthing Medical Group

Durrington Health Centre, for patients at:

  • Barn Surgery

  • Lime Tree Surgery (Phoenix)

 

St Lawrence Surgery, for patients at:

 

  • Broadwater Medical Centre

  • St Lawrence Surgery

  • Victoria Road Surgery

Arun

 

Angmering Community Centre, for patients at:

 

  • Coppice Surgery

  • Fitzalan Medical Group

 

 

Bognor Medical Centre, for patients at:

 

  • Arundel Surgery

  • 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:

 

  • Park Surgery

  • 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.