COVID-19 Spring Booster Update
|Thousands of people will be invited to book a Spring COVID booster this week as the NHS vaccination programme enters a new phase.|
Eligible groups for Spring boosters include care home residents, people who are 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed aged 12 and over.
In line with new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme will contact people when it is their turn to be vaccinated.
In East Sussex, Spring booster vaccinations will be taking place at local vaccination sites, while roving vaccination teams will be visiting care homes to deliver boosters to the most vulnerable people from this week.
Those eligible are being contacted directly and will be able to arrange an appointment at their local service. Once invited by the NHS, people will be able to book their appointments through the National Booking System either online or by calling NHS 119.
Currently in East Sussex, 85% of people have had a booster vaccination and thousands of the area’s most vulnerable people are now eligible for a second booster as part of the next phase.
In total, more than 3.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccination have been delivered in Sussex since the programme began in January 2021.
Full details on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Sussex can be found on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.
Simple steps to reduce risk of catching and spreading COVID-19
The Government has removed all remaining domestic restrictions in England, but COVID-19 has not gone away. There are still simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:
- get vaccinated against COVID-19 – everyone aged 12 and over can book vaccination appointments now
- meet people outside if possible
- open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
- limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places
- wear a face covering when it’s hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
- wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
While there are cases of COVID-19 in the UK, there is a risk you can catch it or pass it on. You could still catch or spread it even if you’re fully vaccinated or have had the virus before. Find out more.
Free transport to help you get to your vaccination
|Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment are now able to book a free return journey to help them attend.|
To book free travel please book your vaccination appointment or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first, then call 01444 275 008 to speak to a travel coordinator.
Once you are through to a travel coordinator you will be asked the following questions:
- Do you have access to transport to attend your vaccine appointment?
- Do you have a family member, friend or carer who can help with transport? They do not have to be in your bubble as per government guidelines.
If both of these options are not available the travel coordinator will arrange transport for you, including any additional needs such as wheelchair-friendly vehicles.
All transport providers have signed up to a COVID-19 safety policy to ensure that all precautions are in place for a safe journey.
Date published: 25 March 2022
Date last updated: 11 April 2022