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COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Coronavirus textHailsham Town Council has not been directly involved in the coordination of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. However, the Town Council has been discussing this issue with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and  local county councillors. Of course, the Town Council shares your concern that the residents of Hailsham are given swift access to the vaccination programme.

For more information about the programme, including FAQs, please visit this website: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme

LATEST UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME

The NHS in Sussex is making good progress with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Everyone in the first four eligible groups have already been offered the vaccine and the NHS is on track to have offered it to everyone in the first nine groups by mid-April, in line with the national target.  We are now vaccinating those people aged 45 and above as well as those with underlying health conditions.

Reassurance on the use of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

People are being encouraged to continue to attend their vaccination appointments and make sure they receive their vital protection. A new statement from the Government has been issued:

“The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives.

“As the MHRA – the UK’s independent regulator – and the JCVI have said, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults.

“Everybody who has already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same brand, irrespective of age, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts from their first vaccination.

“The government will follow today’s updated advice, which sets out that, as a precaution, it is preferable for people under the age of 30 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible.

“When people are called forward, they should get their jab. Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against Covid-19.”

Read the latest information on the vaccination and blood clotting.

Key vaccination information: Who is eligible?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

It’s being given to:

  • people aged 45 and over
  • people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
  • people who have a learning disability and are registered on the GP Learning Disability Register
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • eligible health and social care workers
  • unpaid carers

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Where are vaccinations being offered?

GP led local vaccination services (booked through the service directly)

  • GP-led local vaccination services supported by your GP practice
  • Roving vaccination service providing jabs to people who are housebound

Second doses

Vaccination services are preparing to offer second doses. While the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine gives a good immunity to the virus, two doses are needed to have the best chance of full protection. Second doses are being scheduled up to twelve weeks after the first. It is really important that people get both doses to get the greatest benefit from the vaccine.

If you don’t already have your date for your second dose, please be patient. Unless you have already booked both doses through the national booking service, you must have your second dose at the same place that you received your first. They will contact you to arrange your appointment, but this may not happen until around ten weeks after your first appointment.

Photo of Town Mayor Councillor Paul HolbrookSTATEMENT FROM THE MAYOR OF HAILSHAM, CLLR PAUL HOLBROOK

“Whilst the Town Council has not been directly involved in the coordination of the COVID-19 vaccination programme locally, it has however, been in frequent discussions in recent weeks with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Commissioners.

From these discussions, we have been able to communicate to our residents, the latest updates concerning the vaccination programme and, of course, the Town Council shares your concern that more Hailsham residents are given swift access to the vaccinations when it is their turn.

The NHS in Sussex continues to make good progress with the programme and is working to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. Remember, this is undoubtedly the largest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS and it will take time to get it to everyone.

Perhaps one of the most crucial of messages to residents is that the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. Services are very busy providing care and actioning the vaccinations, so please wait to be contacted.

In the meantime, adhering to the current restrictions and remembering hands, face and space will save lives and help the NHS. The vaccine is probably our best defence against COVID-19, but for now it is essential that we continue to do all we can to stop the spread of the virus by following the Government guidelines.

The distribution plans for the vaccination programme are constantly evolving, and the Town Council will endeavour to publish further updates as soon as they are received from NHS Sussex.