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Covid-19 Vaccination

Second vaccines

We are now booking patients for their second vaccines. These are given up to twelve weeks after your first vaccine. Please await our call. We are contacting patients in date order of their first vaccine. You must have your second dose with the same organisation that gave your first. For patients that had their vaccines at Etchingham Village Hall, your second vaccines will be given at:

  • Pfizerchange of venue – now at the Kings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2SA. Map. This is because the school require the main hall at Etchingham so there is not the space to give Pfizer vaccines which come in bigger deliveries, have to be given within 3 days and require people to wait 15 minutes afterwards. Please note there is limited parking on site.
  • AZat Etchingham Village Hall, Parsonage Croft, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7BY. Map. This is the GP led vaccination centre for Fairfield Surgery, Ferry Road Health Centre, Martins Oak Surgery, Northiam and Broad Oak Surgery, Oldwood Surgery, Battle Health Centre, Rye Medical Centre, and Sedlescombe and Westfield Surgeries. There is limited parking on site.

Patients that booked through the national booking service and had their vaccine at the Brighton Centre or a pharmacy will have been given a date for their second vaccine when they booked their first. If this is not the case, please contact the national booking service directly on 119 or via their website national booking service.

If you have moved into the area and are newly registered with us, please contact our reception team to organise your second vaccine on 01580 880790.

First vaccine appointments

You will be contacted to book your appointment when it’s your turn. This will be in line with the national priority order. Please do not call us about vaccinations but wait until you are contacted. We are busy as usual looking after people, and calls about vaccinations are preventing us from doing so. If you are over 70 and not yet had your vaccine, please call us to book.

National Priority Order

Vaccinations are being given in this priority order:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers – 96% done
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers – 98% done
  3. all those 75 years of age and over – 94% done
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals – 98% done
  5. all those 65 years of age and over – almost done 93% 
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality plus patients with learning disabilities – 94% done 
  7. all those 60 years of age and over – currently booking – please contact us if you haven’t yet booked
  8. all those 55 years of age and over – currently booking – please contact us if you haven’t yet booked
  9. all those 50 years of age and over – currently booking – please contact us if you haven’t yet booked

On the day of your appointment

Please do not to turn up early for your appointment. Arriving on time will help us manage the number of people at the venue and help keep our patients and staff safe.

Please come alone unless you need a carer to help you. If you require a lift from a relative or friend, please ask them to wait in the car for you.

Please bring your repeat medication slip if you have it available.

Please note carers under the age of 70 cannot be vaccinated at the same time.

Please do not come to the vaccination centre if you develop Covid-19 symptoms.

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 07871 603 235 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.

Travel with family or friends

Please be aware that under government guidelines a family member or friend is permitted to take a person to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment, which is classed as an exemption as it is a ‘medical appointment’. Guidance on how to do this safely is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles (scroll down to ‘Car sharing’).

Information about community transport can be found on the East Sussex County Council website: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/public/communitytransport/guide/about/ or call the community hub on 01273 099956.

Other options are being explored for those who cannot call upon friends and family.

National Booking Centre: Brighton Centre & local pharmacies

You may be invited to get your vaccine via the National Booking Centre at the Brighton Centre or with a local pharmacy.  It is your choice as to where you prefer to go.

You will receive a letter asking you to book online at the National Booking Service website or call 119.

People who attend a vaccination appointment at the centre can park for free in Churchill Square’s Orange Car Park for one hour. They must show proof of their appointment to the car park wardens in the car park as they enter.

Health & Social Care Workers

If you are a health or social care worker, you can book your Covid vaccine:

  • At Etchingham Village Hall – call our reception team to book
  • At the Conquest Hospital, Hastings or Eastbourne District General if appointments are available – click on this link: Sussex Health & Care Partnership website.
  • At the Brighton Centre or local pharmacies – click on this link National Booking Service or call 119.

You will need to provide your work ID or other proof of health & social care employment e.g. current payslip.

Etchingham Village Hall Vaccination Centre Volunteers

Thank you to all our volunteers working at Etchingham Village Hall. Our volunteers:

  • Meeting and greeting the public who are arriving to have their vaccinations
  • Signposting and guiding the public through the vaccination centres
  • Linking in with our NHS staff to ensure a smooth flow of people through the centres
  • To safely check people for COVID-19 symptoms (questions will be provided) before they attend their appointments

If you want to volunteer, please visit: https://www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/work-with-us/covid19vaccine.htm.

Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Find out more about the Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination Programme on the Sussex Health & Care Partnership Website

Information about the vaccination

Find out about the Covid-19 vaccination on the NHS website nhs.uk and Easy Read Covid Vaccination Leaflet.

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.

Covid Fact Check

You’ve probably read a lot of things about the coronavirus online, but not everything you have seen is true. It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones from false information about the coronavirus and the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Take a look at this ‘fact check’ which tackles some of the biggest concerns and inaccuracies out there, and sets the record straight with the facts and trusted information.

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.