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COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination programme Brighton and Hove update 4 November 2021

1 in 3 people yet to come forward for booster

We are urging those who are at greater risk from COVID-19 in including over 50s, those with underlying health conditions, carers and health and social care workers to receive booster vaccinations to top up their protection ahead of winter.  If you live in Brighton and Hove there are three ways you can get your booster vaccine: National Booking SystemThe NHS will contact you to let you know when you are eligible to use the National Booking System by going online or calling 119. You may receive a text or a letter inviting you to use the system, where you will be able to log on to the website or book over the phone. You will be able to see available appointments at vaccination centres, pharmacy led services, and some GP led services.If you are eligible and it’s been longer than 182 days since your last vaccine dose, but you have not been contacted yet, please try to book your appointment on If you can’t see your local service then you will be contacted directly by them. If you can’t use the website, you can call 119.Due to high uptake, booster vaccination slots at the Former Topshop site in Churchill Square are currently available from 22 November 2021 onward. The booking system is being updated every day, so do not worry if it currently says you are not eligible, please keep trying.GP led vaccinationsSome GP vaccination services are not using the National Booking System to arrange their appointments. If this is the case for your GP service, they will contact you directly to book your appointment.Walk in servicesIf you fit the eligible criteria and had your second vaccination over 182 days ago (six months and a week) you can attend any walk in vaccination service near you. No need to book an appointment, you can simply turn up at one of the sessions which had boosters available.No NHS number or ID is required but it does speed things up if you do have your NHS number with you. Health and care workforce will be asked to show their work ID. It is not possible to walk-in for a vaccination for 12-15 year olds.Listen to our clinical leads – add their names – say why it is so important to get vaccinated this autumn:

This week’s walk in vaccination sessions

If you need a first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccination, there’s no need to book an appointment, you can simply turn up at one of these sessions. You do not need your NHS number or ID (but it does speed things up if you do have your NHS number with you). Health and care workforce will be asked to show their work ID. It is not possible to walk-in for a vaccination for 12-15 year olds.Friday 5 November 2021

  • 10.30-14.30 – St Peters Church, York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU. Pfizer

 Saturday 6 November 2021

  • 11.00-16.00 – Tesco Superstore, Church Road, Hove, BN3 2DL. Pfizer

 Sunday 7 November 2021

  • 10.30-14.30 – Asda, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5UT. Pfizer

Monday 8 November 2021

  • 10.30-14.30 – Hollingdean Foodbank, St Richards Church, 9 Beal Crescent, Brighton, BN1 7BU. Pfizer

Wednesday 10 November 2021

  • 10.30-14.30 – Tesco Superstore, Church Road, Hove, BN3 2DL. Pfizer

Vaccination of 12-15 year olds gathers pace

Sussex Community Foundation Trust (SCFT) have now completed 93 school visits to vaccinate 12-15 year olds, and a further 78 schools have a confirmed booking. SCFT also undertook eight additional vaccination clinics across Sussex during half term, to provide vaccinations to anyone who missed their school visit. There is also now eight Local Vaccination Services sites, two Vaccination Centres and four pharmacy sites who are providing appointments to 12 to 15 year olds across Sussex. Bookings for these appointments are via the National Booking Service website or by calling 119. The booking service provides an additional option for parents to book a vaccine for their child, alongside the schools’ programme which has already vaccinated nearly half a million young people and visited thousands of schools in the UK. If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need act on their invite unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school. Go online to book your child in today

Care home in Sussex vaccination sessions continue

GP led teams, Primary Care Networks, GP Federations and community teams are visiting care homes across Sussex communities, protecting our most vulnerable adults in Sussex with their Covid-19 booster vaccinations. The latest data shows that 95% (696 homes) of care homes now have a confirmed visit date, with approximately 60% (434 homes) now completed. Our primary care teams are working to engage with care homes and all remaining 298 homes have a booked visit date. It is an incredible effort as well as providing booster clinics and the day to day work of general practice and so we want to thank all the teams involved for their work to protect our most vulnerable.People who are at a high risk of serious illness, including anyone living in a care home for elderly residents, are being offered a Covid-19 booster vaccination to top up their immunity. It’s important booster vaccinations are given to those most at risk to prevent them from becoming seriously ill with Covid-19.This is especially important as we head into winter when the threat of catching Covid-19 and flu is greater.

Free transport available for all ages

Want to get your COVID-19 vaccination but don’t have access to transport? We can get you to and from a vaccination service near you for free thanks to our transport scheme. To book free travel to a vaccination session please book your vaccination appointment or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first. Then call 01444 275008 to speak to a travel coordinator. The booking service is available between 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Monday-Friday.

 Need health and care advice? Ask Your Pharmacist

The value of local pharmacies is being highlighted as part of ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ week this week.Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines, managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.Local pharmacies have also been central to the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Sussex, particularly in more rural areas. Pharmacy-led vaccination services have been integral part ensuring every person in the community has access to life-saving protection.Hardik Desai runs a pharmacy in Ticehurst and at the beginning of the vaccination programme, set up the first pharmacy-led vaccination service in Sussex run by pharmacy staff and volunteers.As well as providing day-to-day pharmacy services, the Ticehurst team have delivered over 65,000 vaccinations to people in Ticehurst and surrounding villages.They were recently awarded the National Independent Pharmacist Extra Mile award, which highlights the inspiring ways community pharmacy services meet the health needs of their local communities across the UK.But the work doesn’t stop here, many pharmacies will now be turning their attention to providing flu and COVID booster vaccinations as we head in to the winter months, as well as providing essential services for prescriptions and over the counter treatments.So, for NHS services, convenient access to medicines, support for healthy living and prompt clinical advice, Ask Your Pharmacist! Useful links:

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