Next phase of the Vaccination Programme begins as people aged 45 and over start to be invited
People aged 45 and over are now eligible to receive their Covid vaccination. Across the country, we are moving to the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme after reaching the target to offer all those in phase 1 of the vaccination programme a vaccination. Everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - has been offered a vaccine, meeting the government's 15 April target. The significant milestone marks the beginning of phase 2 of the vaccination programme and people aged 45 to 49 across England can now book appointments through the NHS booking service. People in this age group can also wait to be contacted by their GP led vaccination service.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published its final advice on phase 2 and in line with this, eligible people will be invited to receive their vaccines in order of age over the coming weeks and months.
If anyone in the first nine priority cohorts is yet to have their first vaccination we encourage them to arrange their appointment immediately through the NHS booking service, by calling 119, or speaking to their
The first Moderna jabs have been delivered in England (Tuesday) as the NHS vaccination programme reaches another milestone. More than 20 sites, including Reading's Madejski Stadium and the Sheffield Arena, will initially use the newest vaccine, as the NHS continues to expand the vaccination programme. For those aged 18-29 who are eligible for a jab, the Moderna vaccine provides another alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, in line with updated MHRA guidance last week. Along with Pfizer, it will be used by the NHS for some of the appointments rearranged for under 30s who were due to receive the AstraZeneca jab. We will keep you updated on plans to use Moderna in Sussex over the coming weeks.
Senior NHS figures stress Muslims can get their vaccination in Ramadan
Two leading Muslim figures working in the NHS have today joined other medical leaders and Islamic scholars in stressing that Ramadan should not stop anyone from getting the NHS COVID vaccination. Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy at Barts Health NHS Trust, and Dr Farzana Hussain, a senior GP, stressed that getting the jab does not break the fast observed by Muslims during daylight hours over Ramadan. Dr Hussain a practising Muslim, said that there was no need to avoid daylight hours and it is a religious duty for Muslims to get vaccinated when their turn comes. Dr Farzana Hussain said: "Getting an injection does not break the fast as it's not nutrition and so there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't have it if you are eligible and have been invited for your Covid-19 vaccine and those scheduled for their second dose, should take it. "The Koran says saving your life is the most important thing: to save one life is to save the whole of humanity. It's a responsibility of a practising Muslim to take their vaccine." The British Islamic Medical Association, an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, has issued specific advice, recommending the vaccine and insisting it is okay to have during Ramadan as it is not nutritional, nor does it contain any animal or foetal products. Full ingredient lists are published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA): AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna.
Moderna vaccines start to be used across the country
The first Moderna jabs have been delivered in England (Tuesday) as the NHS vaccination programme reaches another milestone. More than 20 sites, including Reading's Madejski Stadium and the Sheffield Arena, will initially use the newest vaccine, as the NHS continues to expand the vaccination programme.
For those aged 18-29 who are eligible for a jab, the Moderna vaccine provides another alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, in line with updated MHRA guidance last week. Along with Pfizer, it will be used by the NHS for some of the appointments rearranged for under 30s who were due to receive the AstraZeneca jab. We will keep you updated on plans to use Moderna in Sussex over the coming weeks.
Quiet COVID-19 Vaccination Session at The Brighton Centre
Saturday 17 April, 4.30pm - 7pm
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to be able to offer a dedicated 'Quiet COVID-19 Vaccination Session' for people requiring their first dose COVID vaccination. The details are: WHEN: Saturday 17 April, 4.30pm - 7pm WHERE: The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR BOOK: By calling the Public Involvement Team on 07443 770 754 This Quiet Session is being offered to people living in Sussex who are currently eligible for the vaccine and over the age of 30 who may need more time for their appointment, or who have extra access needs where a quieter and calmer environment would help support them to receive their vaccination. This includes: - People with learning disabilities - People with autism - People living with a neurodiverse condition - People living with a Dementia and/or Alzheimer's The Quiet Session at the Brighton Centre will offer: - Fewer appointments, so less people will be there during the session - Longer appointments to give you more time - 1:1 nursing care for everyone receiving their vaccination - The entire appointment will be on the ground floor - Everyone will be offered the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, so you must be over 30 years old - Free transport for anyone who needs it (see below for details)
What will happen when I arrive at the Quiet Session? A nurse (who will also have an assistant) will greet each patient at the entrance and support them through the Centre to a quiet and private Vaccination area. They will take you through all aspects of the process on a 1:1 basis, including clinical assessment and vaccination. We will only use the downstairs of the Brighton Centre and have both the entrance and exit on the seafront side of the building. Each person can bring a carer who can be present throughout their journey. There will only be 40 appointments being offered, which allows us to give you much more time for your vaccination (up to 20 minutes) and have one nurse per patient to support you throughout.
Bookings can be made by phone to the local NHS Public Involvement Team on 07443 770 754, who will take relevant details and pass on any additional information to the vaccination team to make the journey on the day as smooth as possible. This includes: - Your name and contact details - Your date of birth - Your age (you must be over 30 years old to access this session) - Your NHS number, if you know this - Your GP name and practice - Your ethnicity - If you have capacity to consent - Emergency contact details - Your personal access requirements, and anything you want to let the vaccination team know in advance to help support you in the best way they can on the day.
Getting to the Brighton Centre
Free Transport available to people booked onto the Quiet Vaccination Session
If you need support with transport to get to the Brighton Centre for your appointment during the Quiet Session, you can call the travel team on 0300 303 80 60. A travel coordinator will ask you a few questions and will help arrange for you to have a safe COVID-secure journey to the Brighton Centre for all Sussex residents.
If you're able to travel to the Brighton Centre yourself:
The Brighton Centre is accessible by public transport and there are a number of public car parks nearby. Anyone receiving their COVID-19 vaccination at the Brighton Centre will be entitled to one hour's free parking in the Churchill Square Orange Car Park. Please follow these instructions to claim your hour's free parking while you have your vaccination:
Park in the orange car park (Churchill 1), which is located in Regency Road East, BN1 2RU. The vehicle height restriction is 2.13 meters - Enter the car park via lane 1 (left hand lane) - On arrival take a ticket from the car park barrier - Explain to the Churchill Square Security Officer that you are attending the Brighton Centre for a COVID-19 vaccination. You will need to provide proof of vaccination appointment for that day (showing the confirmation you have received on your phone is fine). - The security officer will then validate your ticket. - The 1 hour/60mins free parking begins from the minute you enter the car park. Any additional parking will be charged at normal rates.
Have any questions or queries?
If you have a question about the Quiet Session being put on this Saturday 17 April at the Brighton Centre, you can call our Public Involvement Team on 07443 770 754. Also, you can view more information about the vaccination programme on our website, including details of the services available in each area, latest data, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials. Visit https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccinationprogramme/ to find out more.
Increasing COVID-19 Vaccination uptake Small Grants: Sussex NHS Commissioners COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Since the start of the COVID-19 Vaccination programme across Sussex, nearly one million vaccines have been delivered to our communities and health and care workforce. The roll out of this programme has been based on a co-ordinated approach, supported by effective communications to partners and the public. Nationally, the vaccination programme has been rolled out in Phase 1 to cohorts 1-9 (see below):
Phase 2 is now beginning; this should be accompanied by continued efforts to extend coverage among those prioritised in phase 1 but who remain unvaccinated, and to complete delivery of second doses to all those given first doses in phase 1.
The offer of vaccination in Phase 2 will be aged based, starting with the oldest adults first and proceeding in the following order:
• all those aged 40 to 49 years (note that aged 45-49 is underway)
• all those aged 30 to 39 years • all those aged 18 to 29 years
In individuals aged 18 to 49 years there is an increased risk of hospitalisation in males, those from certain ethnic minority backgrounds, those with a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (obese or morbidly obese), and those experiencing socioeconomic deprivation.
Data on vaccination uptake so far shows that there are some geographical areas and some communities for whom the uptake of the vaccine is lower than average. This is for a variety of reasons, some of which can be mitigated and supported through targeted communications including those in alternative formats, outreach to neighbourhoods and solution focussed work with community members.
Aim of the small grants scheme To help support the increase of vaccination uptake, small grants will be offered to assist with neighbourhood-based activity, across communities of interest or relating to people particularly at risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19. The types of activities that may be eligible are: - Development of community-based communications - Hyper local buddying schemes to support people in accessing vaccination - Targeted work with local groups to increase awareness of facts about vaccine and dispel myths - Making community-based videos and distributing appropriately
(The above are examples- innovative approaches are welcomed.)
Targeted communities and groups
Applications are invited from those working to support any of the following: - South Asian Communities - Black African communities - Chinese communities - People living in identified areas of deprivation - Adults with learning disabilities - Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities - Those with physical or sensory disabilities - Those who are clinically vulnerable or who live with long term health issues For groups outside of the above list, applications are also welcome; however, you will be asked to provide information/insight on these groups/communities having a lower-than-average uptake of vaccination.
Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded. Applicants must be constituted organisations with a bank account, or with an agreed organisation to hold funding.
Monitoring and oversight
Those receiving grants will be asked to provide a short summary of activity and the impact this has had. Note that there will not be a need for funded projects to demonstrate statistically an increase in uptake or vaccination. Oversight will be through a key contact in the CCGs' Public Involvement Team.
Timescales Applications are invited from 19th April 2021; the grants scheme will be open until end July 2021, in order to respond to changing data on uptake.