COVID-19 Vaccine Update No 4
Published: 02 Mar 2021
The My Jab campaign is being rolled out further to encourage vaccine update as we move through the cohorts. Having reached half a million jabs in Sussex it’s really important we keep going to reach the rest of the community. The ‘new look’ campaign has been tested with patient and stakeholder groups and will now be pushed out across social media, web, in newsletters, across local media, through people's doors and elsewhere in our communities.
In order to make sure we are targeting communications in the right way we have a survey live at the moment which is testing what people already know about vaccines and what the general sentiment is on having the vaccine in different parts of the patch. It’s quick to complete and will help give us some valuable insights on the most effective ways to get the right information to people. The survey will be open until midnight on Friday 27 February and the results will help shape our communications over the coming weeks and months.
Please follow the campaign on social media and like and share the messaging and use the hashtag #myjab
It has been announced nationally that people on the GP Learning Disability Register are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccination as part of priority group 6.
This will mean more people with learning disabilities will be offered the vaccine more quickly and help ensure those most at risk of death or hospitalisation are prioritised for vaccination. Those on the GP Learning Disability Register (as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy) being prioritised follows the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) who are independent advisors to the government, as people who are severely affected by learning disabilities are at higher risk of death from COVID-19.
It is important everyone with a learning disability checks that they are on the register and asks their GP to go on it if they are not. The local NHS is working in close collaboration with local authorities and other partners to identify anyone else severely affected by a learning disability who is not registered. COVID-19 Vaccination Easy read materials to share:
- Easy read leaflet [Downs Syndrome Association]
- Easy read leaflet [MENCAP]
- Easy read leaflet [PHE]
- Top tips for people with learning disabilities and their carers
We are continuing to support our local communities, to ensure that they have up to date information about accessing vaccination and how/when to book. Gathering feedback is also important in ensuring that we know what the issues and barrier are to uptake, and to make sure our communication and messages are clear and effective.
If you have had the vaccine, please give us your feedback you can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0800 433 4545. We recognise that more is needed to encourage the take up of the vaccination, and we are committed to listening to our communities and finding solutions to any barriers they may face to getting their vaccination.
You've probably read a lot of things about the coronavirus online, but not everything you have seen is true.
It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones from false information about the coronavirus and the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Take a look at our ‘fact check’ which tackles some of the biggest concerns and inaccuracies out there, and sets the record straight with the facts and trusted information.
The COVID-19 vaccination can prevent serious illness, but protection takes time to kick in. Being vaccinated does not mean you are fully protected, even once you have your second dose. You may still give COVID-19 to someone else.
Today’s video explains why it’s still really important to follow social distancing guidelines, even when you have had your vaccination, to protect yourself and those around you.
Campaign win: Government makes major accessibility improvements to coronavirus home testing - RNIB - See differently
Coronavirus home tests are about to become far more accessible for blind and partially sighted people, after months of campaigning from RNIB and our work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to make this happen.
As part of the “When will I get my jab?” public campaign we have produced a series of materials, including a specific animation relating to these letters:
- Watch this simple animation which sets out these options: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ame-eJ4RUSU
- How will I get my jab? (animation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh4DLdKD6uw
- I have received a letter, what do I do? (animation)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ame-eJ4RUSU
- How will I be invited?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtDEiOK46GM
- What is a vaccination centre?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izprZWWYe9w