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Covid-19 Vaccination

Vaccine booster

The NHS is offering a booster vaccine dose to people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of the vaccine.

Protection given by the COVID-19 vaccine decreases over time. A booster dose helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

The booster vaccine is offered no earlier than six months after your second vaccine and people will be invited in the same order as they were before. Bookings will be via the National Booking Service. They will contact you when it’s your turn to have your booster dose. It’s important not to contact them for one before then. We are unable to access the National Booking Service and are therefore not able to book your vaccine for you.

People will be offered either a full dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or a half dose of the Moderna vaccine, following scientific evidence showing that both provide a strong booster response. This will be regardless of which vaccine the individual previously had.

Find out more and the eligible groups on the Sussex Health & Care Partnership Website.

Third Covid Vaccine for people who are immunosuppressed

On 1 September 2021 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that a third 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.

If this applies to you, you should have received a letter. You can have your third booster at the Hastings Centre or Hastings Town Hall. Call 01424 236260 to book your appointment. Alternatively you can visit a walk in centre. You need to take your letter with you.

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

Vaccine cohorts

Covid vaccinations are now being booked for:

Please note that we do not have access to the National Booking Service system so we are not able to book vaccine appointments for you.

Vaccination centres

Etchingham Village Hall vaccination centre is 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 note that 12-15 year olds are currently not able to use ‘walk in’ centres.

Evidence of your covid vaccination for travel abroad

Find out how to get evidence of your covid vaccination for travel abroad on the www.gov.uk website.

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.

If you have missing or incorrect COVID-19 vaccination data, please call 119 and ask the call handler to make a referral to the VDRS team on your behalf. The VDRS team will then call you back within 5 working days.

Please note they cannot provide clinical advice and cannot assist at this time with queries related to vaccinations received overseas. If the query relates to personal information that is incorrect on a patient record (e.g. name, address), these will still need to be resolved by their GP practice.

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.

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.

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.