Updated 29 March
The NHS in Sussex is making good progress with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Everyone in the first nine eligible groups has already been offered the vaccine.
It’s being given to:
- people aged 45 and over
- people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- eligible frontline health and social care workers
- unpaid carers
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Vaccinations are currently being offered at:
- GP led local vaccination services (booked through your GP practice directly)
- Roving vaccination service providing jabs to people who are housebound (booked through your GP practice directly)
- Vaccination centres (including the Brighton Centre) and pharmacy led services (booked through the national booking service website or by calling 119)
Community vaccination service
To give everyone an equal opportunity to be immunised, a new mobile vaccination service is visiting communities around the city to provide an alternative to the main vaccination centres. Appointments can be prebooked in advance and some drop-in slots will be available. People who are eligible for a vaccination will be told when the mobile service will visit their area by their GP surgery and local advertising.
Free transport service
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. The booking service is available by phone on 0300 303 8060 from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Vaccination services now offer second doses. While the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine gives a good immunity to the virus, two doses are needed to have the best chance of full protection. Second doses are being scheduled up to twelve weeks after the first. It is really important that people get both doses to get the greatest benefit from the vaccine.
If you don’t already have your date for your second dose, please be patient. Unless you have already booked both doses through the national booking service, you must have your second dose at the same place that you received your first. They will contact you to arrange your appointment, but this may not happen until around ten weeks after your first appointment.
Second dose appointments cannot be brought forward to an earlier date, for holidays for example. If you are planning a holiday or event that requires full vaccination, you should arrange it for a date after your second jab.
If you can’t find the answer, you can email email@example.com, or call the vaccine enquiry phone line: 0800 433 4545 (open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday).
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.