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Covid-19 vaccination programme – East Sussex update

12 May 2021

Work to make sure everyone receives their recommended vaccine

Last week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation set out new guidance that people under the age of 40 should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

The national programme then set out that everyone under the age of 40 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine when they become eligible.

Currently this will apply to any carers or health and care workers who have not come forward to date. It also applies to anyone who is going to turn 40 between now and 1 July 2021 as these people are currently eligible in the same group as those aged 40-49, but are now recommended to have an alternative vaccine.

If you are eligible and are recommended to receive an alternative vaccine, you will be able to book an appointment through the national booking system very soon following an update that will identify appointments for you based on the type of vaccine being used.

> Read more about the latest guidance

Vaccination bus in Peacehaven this week

Following last week’s successful visit to Peacehaven, our vaccination bus will again be visiting the town to offer first dose vaccines to anyone eligible who has not yet had their jab.

The bus will be outside the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven BN10 8BB this Thursday (13 May) from 11am-4pm.

People over the age of 40, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

You can either book an appointment by calling 0300 303 8060, or drop in on the day. Please bring along one form of ID (photo ID is not required) and your NHS number, if you know it.

The COVID vaccine is coming to even more communities in Hastings

The COVID vaccine is being offered closer to home for people across Hastings with a range of pop-up clinics at central locations starting this weekend and carrying on throughout May.

People over the age of 40, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

These community sessions are for first vaccinations only. If you have already had your first jab at another service elsewhere please wait for them to let you know your second appointment time and go back to them for your second jab.

The first clinics are taking place on:

  • Saturday 15 May 10am-2pm
    Warrior Square Surgery, Marlborough House, Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6BG
    10am-11am booked appointments. 11am-2pm walk-in.
  • Monday 17 May 12pm-4pm
    Mobile vaccination service, outside the Four Courts Community Centre, Sydney Close, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 9DD
    12pm-1pm booked appointments. 1pm-4pm walk-in.

Read this update for the full list of dates and venues, and more information on the sessions.

New pharmacy vaccination service to go live in Rye

A new vaccination service is set to start offering vaccinations in Rye this month.

The service run by Ticehurst Pharmacy, which has been running the pharmacy led service in Ticehurst as part of the programme, is currently setting up at Rye Partnership’s Tiling Green Centre.

This pharmacy run service is designed to work closely with the local community and is committed to do all possible to engage with local people to deliver the best possible service.

Currently they are looking for volunteers to help support the service – to be marshals, to greet people and show them through the service, and to help keep everyone attending socially distanced and safe. They are also looking for retired or current clinicians to support as vaccinators at the service. If you are interested please contact claritychemist@gmail.com

Bookings for this service will be through the national booking system – the website and by calling 119. Appointments will show when vaccination supply has been confirmed.

Need confirmation of your Covid vaccinations?

From Monday, 17 May, the NHS app will be available to use as a vaccine passport.

The NHS app that already enables people to book appointments, repeat prescriptions and see their full medical records, from next week will also provide evidence of your vaccination status.

Your status will only show when you have had both doses.
The NHS app is separate to the NHS Covid-19 app, which is used for contact tracing.

If people are planning to travel, they are encouraged to register to use the app at least two weeks before travelling.

A paper version will also be available – by calling 119 – not through your GP practice. Please don’t call your GP.

The paper letter should be requested at least five days after a second vaccine, and can take up to five days to arrive so make sure to leave plenty of time if you need it to travel.

Read more: demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

More information

Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each area, latest data, stakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.

Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.

> Find more information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme

Email us: sxccg.comms@nhs.net
Web: Sussex Covid-19 vaccination programme

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