Vaccination Process in East Sussex

The NHS is working to ensure that all East Sussex residents who are eligible for a vaccination will be offered one as quickly as possible.

This is following the same priority list for vaccinations as in other parts of the country, which is focusing on these groups before the middle of February:

1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.

However, people in these groups with similar characteristics or living in the same area may still get vaccinated at different times. For these reasons it is important to be patient and wait to be contacted by the NHS for your invitation.

Variations may exist because:

· Vaccination delivery sites are still being set-up. Some sites have started vaccinations, and others will do so shortly. In East Sussex, all Hospital and GP-led sites should be up and running by the week commencing 25th January.

The latest list of East Sussex vaccination sites is available here.

· Different groups are being prioritised for vaccination at different sites.

For example, people aged over-80 are the focus for all GP-led vaccination sites, but anyone aged over 80 who attends a hospital may receive it as part of their appointment.

GP-led sites will focus on vaccinating those patients registered with them. Until all vaccination sites are up-and-running, some patients may experience a slight delay.

If you have not yet been approached about having the Covid-19 vaccination, please read the information: why you are being asked to wait.

Please remember – The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine, so please do not contact your GP or visit a delivery location to seek a vaccination before the NHS contacts you.

If you miss your invitation or appointment to be vaccinated, the vaccine teams will attempt to rebook you, contacting you either by telephone, by letter, or both methods if necessary.

Further information

Detailed information on the vaccination process is set out on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website which is regularly updated.

For further information and resources, please see our COVID-19 Vaccination Hub which has:

·       Key updates and information

·       Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

·       Vaccination sites in Sussex

·       Vaccination Champions