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COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination programme Brighton & Hove update 16 December 2021

NHS delivers significant COVID-19 booster vaccination progress

The NHS in Brighton and Hove has delivered a significant increase in vaccinations, just four days after the Prime Minister announced the acceleration of the vaccination programme.On Sunday, it was announced that from this week all adults would be eligible for a booster vaccination when they reach 3 months from the date of their second.It was also announced that all eligible adults would be offered a booster by the end of December.Since then health and care partners have been working to increase the number of appointments available on a daily basis, extend opening hours and offer pop up vaccination services to reach out to communities. More than 10,000 new appointments have already been released and booked this week, and more appointments are being added to the National Booking System website and 119 every day.On Wednesday 20,000 people in Sussex had a vaccination in one single day.It comes after the NHS in Sussex called on the public yesterday to play their part to Keep Sussex Safe and come forward for their vaccination, as well as using services appropriately as NHS services work to focus on this effort.Read more about our response to accelerate the vaccination programme.

People urged to keep mobile sessions for locals

The mobile vaccination services have been a key part of the vaccination offer to people living in Brighton and Hove.Taking place in specific communities, it has helped to reach out to areas of lower uptake and ensure that it is as easy as possible for people to get their vaccination.As we move into this accelerated phase of the programme, health and care partners are committed to making sure the support continues for anyone who may find it challenging or difficult to go to a larger vaccination site.Mobile vaccination services continue with this aim – but are not designed as the main way for city residents to receive their vaccination.The best way – if you are able – to arrange your vaccine – whether it is 1st, 2nd or booster doses – is by using the National Booking System website or calling 119 to book your appointment.The mobile vaccination services are located in specific areas or dedicated spaces where they are needed to help those particular communities to access their vaccines. Walk-ins have been temporarily suspended at Churchill Square and Brighton Racecourse so that more vaccinations can be given each day.New appointments are being added every day to the National Booking System – if you are struggling to find a suitable appointment please keep checking back on the National Booking System.

Home visits for boosters on track to be completed by the end of December

Vaccination teams across Brighton and Hove are continuing their efforts to visit everyone who needs a booster vaccination at home. More than 2000 in Brighton and Hove have needed a home visit to ensure they could receive this vital protection. Health and care partners have all been working to ensure that everyone who needs to receive their booster in this way can be offered their jab. Thousands have already been completed and visits are continuing this week and next week in order to reach everyone by the end of the month. We are committed to ensuring housebound vaccinations remains a priority as teams also work to significantly increase the number of appointments available at vaccination services.

Free transport to vaccinations for those in need

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.

Jabvent calendar count down

Our ‘Jabvent’ calendar celebrates the thousands of people who have been involved in the COVID-19 vaccination roll out. The programme started nationally and for Sussex more than 3 million vaccinations have been given to people across our communities. Thousands of people have been involved in the programme from vaccinators to booking teams, to administrators, volunteers at sites and transport providers to help get people to their appointments. Jabvent will celebrate the people behind the programme and tell their story – both those involved in the programme and also the people who have received the vaccine and what it means to them. You can be part of ‘Jabvent’ and tell your story – what it has meant to you to be part of the programme? Share your story by emailing sxccg.comms@nhs.net

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