This week marked a significant step in the response to the pandemic as the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme began in Sussex. Working in partnership across Sussex, the NHS began vaccinating people against coronavirus at The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton on Tuesday.
Delivering the Pfizer vaccine is complex as it needs to be stored at very cold temperatures and moved carefully, so large hospitals (‘hospital hubs’) have been the first sites across the country to receive the vaccine.
The NHS will also begin offering the vaccine from a number of locations in the community, which will initially be led by GP practices working together for their local area.
The vaccination programme will continue to expand in Sussex over the coming weeks and months as more vaccine becomes available. This will include more hospital hubs, more GP-led local vaccination services, larger vaccination centres, and a roving service to take the vaccine into care homes and people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site.
The Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that vaccines should first be given to care home residents and staff, people aged over 80, and health and care workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.
- The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
- Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments.
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