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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination information for the voluntary sector

13 January 2021

As trusted voices in our local communities, voluntary organisations can support the roll out of the vaccine by sharing information about the vaccine and the vaccination programme. You can also help by getting vaccinated if you have been invited to do so or have contact with priority groups.

Get the facts on the vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. Find out more about the vaccine on the NHS website.

There is also an FAQs about the Covid -19 vaccine on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) website. If your questions cannot be answered on the SHCP website please do send the CCG an email to this address: Sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net.

Get a vaccination

The phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is continuing across Sussex. As vaccines are rolled out, people are reminded of 3 things:

  • The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please do not contact your GP or the NHS beforehand.
  • Please act on your invite when it comes.
  • Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS.

However, the NHS has now opened up access to the COVID vaccine to staff and volunteers within the voluntary, community & social enterprise (VCSE) sector currently directly working or having contact with people in the priority groups outlined. This includes:

  • homecare workers
  • those working to support the homeless population in centres or temporary accommodation
  • those involved in the direct supply of food and other goods
  • those supporting older people and those with long term health issues
  • those supporting vulnerable children and young people

This list is not exclusive. Organisations are being asked to consider where the need is greatest at first. The vaccine is being delivered for health and care workers from hospital sites across Sussex. You can select the venue nearest to you.

Please click here to book the vaccine.

Note that the sites are very busy, but please do keep trying as new slots are opening frequently.

Support local public health campaigns

The Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme has launched a local public information campaign to help people understand when they will get their jab.

The campaign – called “When will I get my jab?” – aims to give people clear and simple information on when and where they can expect to be vaccinated.

Since the vaccination programme began to be rolled out before Christmas, there has been a huge amount of interest and people are understandably asking when it will be their turn.

A large amount of different communications will be going out to the public, included targeted messages through local community networks. There will also be a new weekly recorded public broadcast that will involve senior NHS leaders providing updated information and answering frequently asked questions from the public.

All relevant information as part of the campaign on when local people will get their vaccination can be found on Sussex Health and Care Partnership website and this will be constantly updated as the roll out of the programme is increasingly stepped up.

Volunteer to support the vaccination programme

As it becomes a national emergency to support a mass roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine, there is an unprecedented demand for everyone to help as much as they can. As part of this effort, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is looking for Vaccination Volunteer Coordinators and Vaccination Stewards. Full training support and PPE will be provided.

If you are unable to support these roles at this time, the NHS is also recruiting Volunteer Responders. NHS Volunteer Responders are the national programme for local recruitment of volunteers and a place for people to request assistance. If you are new to NHS Volunteer Responders please visit the website as there is a wealth of information that will help to explain the programme.

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