COVID-19 Vaccine Update No 27

Published: 04 Aug 2021

Update No 27 29th July 2021 - More than six out of ten people now double vaccinated

New data this week shows that 67% of everyone living in Sussex has now received both COVID-19 vaccinations. After activity across all sites last week, 989,786 people across our communities are now double jabbed and the highest level of protection against the virus. The NHS is calling for anyone who is due their second dose to come forward. All adults can now receive their vaccination eight weeks after their first appointment.

You can either book your appointment online, by calling 119 or by going to one of the walk-in sessions that are happening every single day across our communities. Just make sure to check the vaccine type so you can have the same type of vaccine as your first. Work is still continuing this week to reach out to those who are yet to have their first. Teams are visiting communities, large employers and speaking to groups to try and further increase the number of people who have come forward for their vaccination. 

Read more about the vaccination programme

Work almost complete to provide vital protection to care homes

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Latest figures show that 94% of all care homes in Sussex have now had second vaccinations for their residents.

There are just five more care homes to visit before all homes have had sessions for both vaccinations. These were homes where people were unwell and teams had to wait until the recovery period had been completed before they could provide the vaccine.

Care home residents were in the initial JCVI priority groups and have been a focus since the start of the year for teams from GP practices, GP Federations and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, which together have visited all of the care homes in our communities.

Free transport to vaccine appointments – new telephone number

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Want to get your first or second 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, which has been extended until the end of August. 

There is now just one number that covers both East and West Sussex – 01444 275008. If you are a Brighton and Hove resident, you can still call this number and you will be forwarded to the team that is covering your area.

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.

Having issues seeing your vaccinations on the App?

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An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status. You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status. You can get a digital version by:

• downloading the NHS App – you must be registered with a GP surgery in England to use the app

• using the online NHS COVID Pass service

If you are using the app, in most cases the record section appears first and then the Covid-19 Pass with the barcode appears two weeks after the second dose. You can also get an NHS COVID Pass letter sent to you in the post. You do not need to be registered with a GP surgery or have an NHS login for this. You can get a letter by:

• requesting a COVID Pass letter online

• calling 119 – do not call 119 if you're travelling in more than 4 weeks' time

Please do not call your GP to request proof of your vaccination status.  Read more about NHS COVID Pass

New materials to encourage uptake

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A new online area has been developed with all of the videos that have been made as part of the programme so far. If you need a helpful guide on what to expect at your vaccination, or a video about the benefits of having your vaccination, please see our vaccination programme videos.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions please contact Patrick Brady – Email plb11@btinternet.com Mobile 07977 50643

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