Updated 20 January

Vaccines are the best protection against COVID-19. They are highly effective in preventing hospital admission and serious illness.

The most up-to-date information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme is available from the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • 1st doses – everyone aged 12 and above.
  • 2nd doses – everyone aged 12 and above.
    • 12-17 at 12 weeks from 1st vaccine
    • 18 and over at 8 weeks from 1st vaccine
  • Booster vaccines – everyone aged 16 and above
    • You can have it at 3 months from your 2nd vaccine.
    • However, if you are eligible you can now pre-book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after their 2nd dose.

Getting your COVID-19 vaccinations (16+)

If you haven't already taken up the offer of the vaccine, or you are due your second or booster dose you should:

No NHS number or ID is required but it does speed things up if you do have your NHS number with you.

Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, can also get the COVID-19 vaccine for free. 

If you call 119, you can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

First and second doses (16+)

First and second doses are easily available for everyone aged 16 or over. Book online or visit a walk-in.

  • People aged 18 or over (or turning 18 within 3 months) can get a 2nd dose 8 weeks after your first dose 
  • People aged 16 and 17 are now eligible to get a second dose 12 weeks or more after your first dose

Third doses (immunosuppressed only)

A third dose is being offered to people over 12 who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants. This is separate from a booster vaccination.

If you are eligible you will be contacted by your specialist, GP or the vaccination team to give you more information. Find out more about third doses.

COVID-19 booster vaccinations (16+ and 3 months since second dose)

Everyone aged 16 and over where it has been 3 months (91 days) since your second dose is currently eligible for a booster vaccine.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months (61 days). 

The NHS is working to increase the availability of appointments, including opening later and on more days. New appointments are being added to the National Booking System every day. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds

In Sussex, first and second vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds are available:

  • from the schools immunisation team, either at school or at a follow up session (which are also available for children who are home schooled)
  • by booking an appointment online through the National Booking System or by calling 119.

It is not currently possible to walk-in for these age groups.  

Vaccination healthcare staff ask for parental, guardian or carer consent before vaccination. This is in line with existing school vaccination programmes including for HPV and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP).  

All parents, carers and guardians will receive details of any sessions at your school and the follow up sessions, the consent process, and next steps.

Read more about vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds.

More info for young people

If you are a young person, a dedicated website has been set up with all you need to know about the vaccine programme and the vaccines themselves – www.everythingcovid.info

A Textline is also available for healthy 12-15 year olds by texting 07312277727. It provides access to expert advice from registered healthcare professionals for those wanting to find out more about the vaccine and includes information on consent issues and process.

Children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a second vaccination at their local vaccination service if:

  • they have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19
  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections

Find out more about vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds from Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

Having your vaccine after testing positive for COVID-19

Young people aged 12 to 17 who are not in a high-risk group should wait 12 weeks after a positive test showing COVID-19 infection before getting their first (or second if aged 16 to 17) vaccine dose.

Those aged 18 and above, or aged 12 to 17 in clinical at-risk groups, can take up their vaccine offer 28 days after a positive test. 

COVID-19 and flu vaccines

COVID-19 and flu vaccines are safe to be given together. Please get both vaccinations as soon as possible.

Support to help you get your vaccination

A free transport service is available to help people who do not have the means to travel to their vaccination appointment and need help to get there and back. To book, phone 01444 275 008 from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Ageing Well can also help people get to the mobile vaccination service. You can phone 07770 061 072 to arrange this.

YMCA Youth Advice Centre offers a vaccine buddy scheme for young people under 26 who live in Brighton & Hove and need support with booking, transport or finding locations, and staff can go with them to their appointment. For more information, email YACCOVIDFUND@ymcadlg.org or phone 01273 624 432.

More information

Find out more about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme, including FAQs.

If you can’t find an answer, email sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net, or phone the vaccine enquiry phone line: 0800 433 4545 (open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).

National NHS information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

National NHS information about the flu vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination scam alert

Some people have received suspicious calls, text messages and some face to face calls at the doorstep offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, please remember that the NHS will not:

  • text you and ask you to enter personal details on a link
  • call you and ask you to press buttons on a keypad
  • ask for payment or for any bank details
  • ask to come to your home 

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.