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COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination programme – Brighton & Hove update – 6 December 2021

NHS delivers significant COVID-19 booster vaccination progress 

 

The NHS in Brighton and Hove has delivered a significant increase in vaccinations, just four days after the Prime Minister announced the acceleration of the vaccination programme.

On Sunday, it was announced that from this week all adults would be eligible for a booster vaccination when they reach 3 months from the date of their second.

It was also announced that all eligible adults would be offered a booster by the end of December.

Since then health and care partners have been working to increase the number of appointments available on a daily basis, extend opening hours and offer pop up vaccination services to reach out to communities. 

More than 10,000 new appointments have already been released and booked this week, and more appointments are being added to the National Booking System website and 119 every day.

On Wednesday 20,000 people in Sussex had a vaccination in one single day.

It comes after the NHS in Sussex called on the public yesterday to play their part to Keep Sussex Safe and come forward for their vaccination, as well as using services appropriately as NHS services work to focus on this effort.

Read more about our response to accelerate the vaccination programme.    

People urged to keep mobile sessions for locals  

 
The mobile vaccination services have been a key part of the vaccination offer to people living in Brighton and Hove.

Taking place in specific communities, it has helped to reach out to areas of lower uptake and ensure that it is as easy as possible for people to get their vaccination.

As we move into this accelerated phase of the programme, health and care partners are committed to making sure the support continues for anyone who may find it challenging or difficult to go to a larger vaccination site.

Mobile vaccination services continue with this aim – but are not designed as the main way for city residents to receive their vaccination.

The best way – if you are able – to arrange your vaccine – whether it is 1st, 2nd or booster doses – is by using the National Booking System website or calling 119 to book your appointment.

The mobile vaccination services are located in specific areas or dedicated spaces where they are needed to help those particular communities to access their vaccines. Walk-ins have been temporarily suspended at Churchill Square and Brighton Racecourse so that more vaccinations can be given each day.

New appointments are being added every day to the National Booking System – if you are struggling to find a suitable appointment please keep checking back on the National Booking System.    

Home visits for boosters on track to be completed by the end of December  

 
Vaccination teams across Brighton and Hove are continuing their efforts to visit everyone who needs a booster vaccination at home.
 
More than 2000 in Brighton and Hove have needed a home visit to ensure they could receive this vital protection.
 
Health and care partners have all been working to ensure that everyone who needs to receive their booster in this way can be offered their jab.
 
Thousands have already been completed and visits are continuing this week and next week in order to reach everyone by the end of the month.
 
We are committed to ensuring housebound vaccinations remains a priority as teams also work to significantly increase the number of appointments available at vaccination services.    

Free transport to vaccinations for those in need  

 
Want to get your 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.
 
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.