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COVID-19 Spring Booster – Brighton and Hove update – 25 March 2022

Spring booster vaccinations start this week in Brighton
Thousands of people will be invited to book a Spring COVID booster this week as the NHS vaccination programme enters a new phase.

Eligible groups for Spring boosters include care home residents, people who are 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed aged 12 and over.

In line with new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme will contact people when it is their turn to be vaccinated.

In Brighton and Hove, Spring booster vaccinations will be taking place at the city’s main vaccination sites, including Churchill Square Vaccination Centre and Brighton Racecourse and pop-ups across the city. Roving vaccination teams will be visiting care homes to deliver boosters to the most vulnerable people from this week.

Those eligible are being contacted directly and will be able to arrange an appointment at their local service. Once invited by the NHS, people will be able to book their appointments through the National Booking System either online or by calling NHS 119.

Eligible people will also be able be able to get their spring booster by attending a walk in session – check the Grab a Jab website to find your local walk-in centre.

Currently in Brighton and Hove, 80% of people have had a booster vaccination and thousands of the city’s most vulnerable people are now eligible for a second booster as part of the next phase.

In total, more than 3.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccination have been delivered in Sussex since the programme began in January 2021. Full details on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Sussex can be found on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.    

Walk-in vaccinations available in city
Walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccinations are taking place regularly across Brighton and Hove to allow as many people as possible to access the vaccines.

You don’t need an appointment, and you can simply turn up to receive your vaccination.

Every day Brighton, Churchill Square vaccination centre, Russell Place, BN1 2RG. (entrance opposite Marks and Spencer on Western Road) 08.30-19.30
Friday 25 March 2022 10.30-14.30 – St Peter’s Church, York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU
Sunday 27 March 2022 10.30-14.30 – Waitrose store car park, 130-134 Western Road, (entrance to car park on Hampton Place), Brighton, BN1 2LA.
Monday 28 March 2022 13.00-15.00 – The Whitehawk Inn, Whitehawk Road, Brighton, BN2 5NS
Thursday 31 March 2022 10.30-14.30 – Outside Hove Polyclinic, Nevill Avenue, Hove, BN3 7HY
Find out more about the Walk-in vaccination sessions on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.    

Simple steps to reduce risk of catching and spreading COVID-19    
The Government has removed all remaining domestic restrictions in England, but COVID-19 has not gone away. There are still simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19: get vaccinated against COVID-19 – everyone aged 12 and over can book vaccination appointments now meet people outside if possible open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places wear a face covering when it’s hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day. While there are cases of COVID-19 in the UK, there is a risk you can catch it or pass it on. You could still catch or spread it even if you’re fully vaccinated or have had the virus before. Find out more.    

Free transport to help you get to your vaccination  
Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment are now able to book a free return journey to help them attend. To book free travel please book your vaccination appointment or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first, then call 01444 275 008 to speak to a travel coordinator. Once you are through to a travel coordinator you will be asked the following questions: Do you have access to transport to attend your vaccine appointment? Do you have a family member, friend or carer who can help with transport? They do not have to be in your bubble as per government guidelines. If both of these options are not available the travel coordinator will arrange transport for you, including any additional needs such as wheelchair-friendly vehicles. All transport providers have signed up to a COVID-19 safety policy to ensure that all precautions are in place for a safe journey.