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COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination programme Brighton and Hove update 20 January 2022

‘Week of walk ins’ continues in the city

More than 50 walk in vaccination sessions have taken place in Sussex this week in an effort to make it as easy as possible for people to receive their vaccination. Many more are planned for the rest of the week with sessions across Brighton and Hove. At community centres, supermarkets and in town centres, the pop up clinics are open for first, second and booster vaccinations. No appointment is needed and people can come at any time during the session. They have been well received and people have come forward for their first vaccines as well as those needing their top up booster. We encourage anyone who is yet to have their vaccine – whichever it may be – to find a walk in session close to them and attend in the coming days. The teams are also able to answer any questions that people may have – if you are not sure, or you have questions, come and meet the team and they can talk to you about it. There is no pressure to have the vaccine on the day; they are keen to answer your questions. The best protection against COVID-19 remains the vaccination. See the latest list of walk in sessions in your area

Reminder – Churchill Square open for walk ins

Churchill Square vaccination service in Brighton’s city centre has resumed its walk-in vaccination service. The centre, which is run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, has been providing appointments for first, second and booster vaccinations, and is now able to offer walk in vaccinations as well as those booked in advance. The team temporarily paused walk-in vaccinations in December in order to increase the capacity for booked appointments but are now able to offer the flexible option for people who are yet to have their jab. Anyone aged 16 and over can now attend the Churchill Square Vaccination Centre for a first, second or booster vaccination without the need for a booked appointment. Appointments are still available on the National Booking Service if people prefer, either through the website or by calling 119. Booked appointments are also available for 12 to 15 year olds. The centre is open between 8:30am – 7.30pm every day.

Hospital vaccination services confirmed until February

As part of the Week of Walk ins we have been delighted to offer walk in vaccination services on our hospital sites. They have been so successful to reach both patients and staff, that it has been confirmed that these services will continue for the next two weeks. The services are located at:

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton: Main entrance, Barry Building, Eastern Road.
  • St Richards Hospital, Chichester: Vaccination bus in the car park by the main outpatients building
  • Worthing Hospital: Vaccination bus in the Lyndhurst Road car park

 They are open 11am to 4pm and no appointment is needed. The clinics are a collaboration between University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (UHSussex) and the vaccination providers – Innovations in Primary Care and HERE GP Federations – who are running the services. Dr Charlotte Hopkins, Chief Medical Officer at UHSussex said: “We know vaccination is the best way of keeping ourselves, our patients, our loved ones and our colleagues safe from getting severely ill with Covid. We also know that finding the time to get vaccinated isn’t always as easy as it sounds. “I’m very grateful to the teams who are making this possible and to everyone who makes the decision to get vaccinated. Increasing the vaccination rate across Sussex will help us avoid hospital admissions due to Covid and reduce pressure on our services, helping us make sure we can provide the care people need, when they need it.”

Quiet session taking place next week

A dedicated vaccination session is taking place this month for anyone with a learning disability and anyone who would benefit from a quiet space and more time to get their COVID-19 vaccination. The clinic, which is being organised by GP Federation, HERE, is being offered to people living in Sussex who are currently eligible for the vaccine and who may need more time for their appointment, or who has extra access needs where a quieter and calmer environment would help support them to receive their vaccination. It is taking place on Saturday 29th January at the Brighthelm Centre in Brighton. It is a booked session, so please call 0300 303 8060. Watch a video about the COVID-19 vaccine:

Still have questions?

If you are still not sure on why you should have the vaccine or have questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions which answer the most common questions we hear from local people. < There is also a range of downloadable resources with videos and helpsheets in different formats and our community languages.  If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, you can also contact our Vaccine Enquiries Team and they will be able to help and support you with the information you need:

 

Have you visited a Mobile Vaccination Unit in Brighton and Hove?

The NHS in Brighton and Hove wants to hear about the experiences of people who have used the Mobile vaccination units for their COVID-19 vaccination. Have you received your 1st, 2nd and/or booster COVID vaccine at one of the Mobile Vaccination Units (such as the converted ambulance as pictured above) in Brighton & Hove?   If yes, then please share your experience in our short survey to help us improve and shape these service for the future.Everyone who has used the Mobile Vaccination Service and completes a survey can be entered into a prize draw for the chance to receive a £20 shopping voucher.  If you would like to be entered in the draw, please provide your contact details at the end of this survey. This survey is only for people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine using one of the Mobile Vaccination Services, and does not include the larger main services in the city. Take the short survey

More information

Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each arealatest datastakeholder 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