The phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is continuing across Sussex.
As we roll out vaccines, we’d like to remind people of 3 things:
- The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please do not contact us beforehand.
- Please act on your invite when it comes.
- Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS
In Sussex, the vaccine is currently available from six ‘hospital hub’ sites and from some GP-led local vaccination services, with many more due to start offering the vaccine over the coming weeks.
Working together in groups, GP practice teams across Sussex have worked rapidly to prepare, redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination, supported by nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff.
The vaccination programme will continue to expand in Sussex over the coming weeks and months as more vaccine becomes available. This will include more hospital hubs, more GP-led local vaccination services, larger vaccination centres, and a roving service to take the vaccine into care homes and people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site.
The Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that vaccines should first be given to residents and staff in care homes for older people, people aged over 80, and health and care workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.
In line with this, some patients aged 80 and above who are already attending a hospital hub are being invited to have the vaccine while they are there. Care homes closest to each hospital hub, starting with the largest, are also being invited to book staff in to vaccination clinics at the hospital. Any appointments not used for these groups are being used for NHS staff who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
GP-led local vaccination services will be inviting eligible patients to receive the vaccine. Further detail is being worked through to consider the roll out to more health and care staff.
The Government, the NHS and its partners are working hard to overcome the significant logistical challenges to vaccinate care home residents as soon as possible.
COVID-19 vaccination scam alert
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls, text messages and some face to face calls at the doorstep offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.
- The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
- The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
- At the moment we are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine and we will never come to your house without an appointment. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.
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