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Covid-19 Vaccination

You can book your vaccination via the National Booking System or by calling 119. Please do not contact us, we are not able to book vaccine appointments for you.

See more about the vaccination programme in Sussex, including the vaccination services: COVID-19 vaccinations – Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk)

Information about the vaccination

For all the latest information on the Covid Vaccination, visit the NHS website nhs.uk. You can also read this Easy Read Covid Vaccination Leaflet.

Spring boosters

A spring booster of the COVID-19 vaccine is available to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people, or people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system. You will be contacted by the NHS and invited to book your spring booster when it’s due. You will usually be offered an appointment around 6 months after your last dose of COVID-19 vaccine. You may be offered appointment dates from 3 months (91 days) after your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but try to book an appointment around 6 months after your last dose to get the best protection from your spring booster. Find out more on nhs.uk and book on the National Booking System.

Children aged 5-11 years

On 16 February, the government announced that all 5 to 11 year olds will be offered the COVID-19 vaccination. This follows a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that all 5 to 11 year olds should be offered two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech paediatric vaccine. The two doses should be given with an interval of at least 12 weeks between doses.

Although this age group is generally at very low risk of serious illness from the virus, a very small number of children who get infected do develop severe disease. Latest evidence suggests that offering the vaccine ahead of another potential wave will protect this very small number of children from serious illness and hospitalisation – and will also provide some short-term protection against mild infection across the age group.

The recommendation should not displace the delivery of other non-COVID-19 childhood vaccinations, or any other part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. For example, uptake of some non-COVID-19 childhood vaccination programmes, such as MMR and HPV vaccinations, have been affected by the pandemic. The committee has advised that the addition of a COVID-19 vaccine rollout to this age group should not impact the recovery of these programmes.

This is not yet live, and there will be further national announcements of when this vaccination will be offered. Parents are urged not to contact their GP practice to ask about these vaccinations; more information will be shared soon.

In Sussex we have been discussing the potential for this age group to be offered the vaccination and have been working to develop plans for delivery. We would like to hear from families with children in this age group to hear where you would prefer to take your child for their vaccination – https://yoursaysussexhealthandcare.uk.engagementhq.com/expansion-of-the-vaccination-programme-to-healthy-5-to-11-year-olds

Children aged 5-11 years at risk

Children aged 5-11 years at clinical risk or living with someone who is immunosuppressed are able to get a Covid vaccination now.

The JCVI has recommended the group are offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine – in 10-microgram amounts, a third of the quantity used for adults – with a gap of eight weeks.

The JCVI’s decision on 5-11 year olds came after the UK’s medicine watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for them.

We will be contacting the parent/carers of patients that are eligible and inviting them to book at an appointment.

Find out more on Sussex Health & Care Partnership website.

3 & 4th vaccine for immunosuppressed patients

On 1 September 2021 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that a 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to ‘severely immunosuppressed people’. This is a third dose as part of the primary vaccination course. It is separate from any potential booster vaccination.

From January 2022, this group are now able to have a 4th dose (after three primary doses) 3 months after their 3rd dose.

Patients will be invited for their booster when it is due. If you feel you are eligible, but you have not received an invitation, please contact us.

You can have your booster at Hastings Centre. Call 01424 236260 to book your appointment. Alternatively you can visit a walk in centre. You will need to take your invitation letter with you.

For more information and a list of walk in centres, visit Sussex Health & Care Partnership Website.

Vaccination centres

Etchingham Village Hall and the Hastings Centre vaccination centres are now closed.

There are a number of other local vaccination centres you can use. Details of these and the appointments available will be given when you log into the National Booking Service or call 119.

There are also local ‘walk in’ centres you can use where you simply turn up and do not need an appointment. Please check the criteria for walk in centres as not all groups can have their vaccines there.

Evidence of your covid vaccination for travel abroad  or events

Find out how to get evidence of your covid vaccination for travel abroad or attending events on the www.gov.uk website. This includes guidance on proof of vaccination for children aged 12 years and above.

Incorrect Covid Vaccination Record

The Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS) has been set up to help people with missing or incorrect vaccination records.

If you have been vaccinated in England, have a current NHS number and are registered with a GP practice in England then the service can help resolve issues with evidence of your vaccinations.

VDSR can currently assist with: missing or incorrect vaccination records for people registered with a GP practice in England and vaccinated in England, Scotland or Wales.

It cannot currently help:

  • Cases where the person’s name or address is recorded incorrectly.
  • Vaccinations given outside of England, Scotland or Wales
  • Cases of non-MHRA-approved vaccines (the service cannot help with vaccines other than Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), and Janssen)
  • People who cannot evidence when and where they received their vaccination(s)
  • Vaccine trial participants.

The Vaccine Data Resolution service can be contacted by calling 119, selecting option 1 (‘England’) and then option 4 (‘To report an issue with your vaccination record’). The call agents will take some details from you and make an electronic referral into the VDRS service.

The VDRS team will aim to contact you within 21 days. The number they will call you from is 01869 817119. They will make three attempts to contact you (this is not a number you can call into).

If they are unsuccessful in contacting you, you will need to call 119 and make a new referral. Your previous call will be closed after the three attempts to contact you.

Information about other covid vaccine data issues

Q: My vaccination record is correct but I still can’t access my NHS COVID Pass. What should I do?

A: If your vaccination record is correct but you still cannot access your NHS COVID Pass, please call 119 and choose the NHS COVID Pass option to access support.

Q: I am having problems with accessing the NHS App. What should I do?

A: If you are having a problem specifically with the NHS App, as opposed to a vaccination data record problem, please contact the NHS App team at www.nhs.uk/contact-us/nhs-app-contact-us.

Recording overseas vaccinations

Eligible people can now use a new service on the National Booking system to book a face-to-face appointment at a selected vaccination centre to show evidence of MHRA-approved COVID-19  vaccinations (Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Janssen or Moderna) administered abroad and have them recorded in the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS). Visit the nhs.uk website to book an appointment.

Support is also provided through 119 to signpost the service, or to make bookings on behalf of users. We are working to add more sites and appointments to satisfy demand.

More information about who can use the service, what evidence is required and locations offering the service is provided when the user books an appointment.

Free travel

Free transport is now available to help people get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment. East Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment will be able to book a free return journey to help them attend.

To book free travel please book your vaccination appointment first and then call 01444 275008 to speak to a travel coordinator. The booking service is available between 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 Monday to Friday. Wheelchair friendly vehicles available. All transport providers have signed up to a COVID-19 safety policy to ensure that all precautions are in place for a safe journey.

Following the guidelines after you have had your vaccination

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. It is still really important to follow social distancing guidelines, even when you have had your vaccination, to protect yourself and those around you. Watch this useful You Tube Video.

Requests for COVID vaccination exemption certificates

​Whilst we appreciate that some individuals may choose not to have covid-vaccinations for personal reasons, we have received requests from some patients for ‘vaccine exemption certificates’ for their employer or travel. The surgery will only consider such a certificate if there is a recognised contraindication to the Covid vaccination, as laid out in national guidelines:

  1. A previous systemic allergic reaction (including immediate-onset anaphylaxis)
    • to a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine (or)
    • to any component (excipient) of the COVID-19 vaccine e.g. polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  2. A confirmed clotting side-effect to the first dose of a covid vaccine, which requires the second dose to be delayed until the clotting concern has returned to normal

We will not consider providing covid vaccine exemption certificates in any other circumstances.

Warning over Covid vaccination scams

Be on your guard against fraudulent text and email messages as new scams are being sent to patients.

People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link.

This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.

Please follow the advice below:

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is FREE – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you receive a text or email that you believe to be fraudulent please delete it. Please be assured that if you don’t respond because you are worried and it is a genuine text or email, you will remain on the vaccination list and be contacted again
  • 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.