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COVID-19: Information, Local Community Help & Volunteering

Image of microscopic coronavirusThe Town Council continues to liaise with the local community to coordinate the response to Covid-19. We will be using this page to share information about what you can do to protect yourself yourself, and information about local community groups which are offering local support to people who continue to be affected.

COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Across Sussex the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible for a booster at three months from your second vaccination, and you are able to book via the National Booking System.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.

Don’t delay.

There are available appointments on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

There are also walk in sessions across our communities – find a walk in session near you.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • 1st doses – everyone aged 12 and above.
  • 2nd doses – everyone aged 12 and above.
    • 12-17 at 12 weeks from 1st vaccine
    • 18 and over at 8 weeks from 1st vaccine
  • Booster vaccines – everyone aged 18 and above
    • You can have it at 3 months from your 2nd vaccine.
    • However, if you are eligible you can now pre-book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after their 2nd dose.

It is important that everyone comes forward when they are eligible.

How to get your COVID-19 vaccine

In the main there are three key ways to get your vaccine:

If you call 119, you can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & WELLBEING

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a lot of information about the virus and its effects on mental health. That’s because coronavirus and the social, financial and psychological implications it carries can seriously impact one’s mental wellbeing.

Try to take as much action as possible to ensure your mental health won’t suffer during the pandemic. Click here for more information and useful resources.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & ADDICTION

Covid-19 has impacted the lives of many and, unfortunately, that also includes the increase of those struggling with substance abuse and mental health. A useful resource page is available that shares valuable information for those seeking help while battling addiction and co-occurring conditions.

Coronavirus and mental health issues | Substance abuse, overdise and suicide | Alcohol addiction

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION

  • A free helpline is available for those who may be struggling with their mental health or drug/alcohol addiction. Fully trained staff are are able to help those who are struggling and can provide advice in what can sometimes feel like a very lonely world. The Ocean Recovery Centre website has a plethora of resources for those who do not wish to talk and a free helpline is available too: 01253 847 553.
  • Rising rates of substance misuse and fatal overdoses during the pandemic are ongoing issues of concern among health professionals, and individuals and families affected by addiction. For those affected, a number of resources have been developed to help guide those affected during the pandemic, with information on how to find treatment, coping skills, and lists of virtual support options… Click here for more information (external link).

INFORMATION & RESOURCES ON COVID-19

Picture of Coronavirus COVID-19

+ NHS Advice

COVID-19 can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by the coronavirus.

 

+ Government and public health information

How to protect yourself and others in the community.

+ Coronavirus cases in the UK

Dashboard and statistical analysis of reported cases, including new cases, cases by upper tier local authority in England and number of deaths.

+ News and public communications

Browse government agency news articles and other communications on Covid-19.

+ Guidance on access to green spaces

Useful guidance on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others in the process.