Vaccinations for health and social care staff

How to book your COVID vaccination

You can arrange your vaccination by:

  • Going to a walk-in vaccination clinic. These are available across Sussex. You don't need to be registered with a GP. Simply turn up with some ID and your NHS number if you know it. Walk-in vaccination sessions
  • Booking an appointment through the national booking service or by calling 119. 

For more details, visit: Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme

Booking your booster jab

People aged 50 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, those aged 5 years and over in a clinical risk group, people who care for vulnerable individuals, families of people with weakened immune systems and health and social care staff will be offered an autumn booster as part of the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

NHS England has said care home residents and people who are housebound will be among the first to be vaccinated as the booster programme begins from 05 September 2022.

The national booking service also opens week beginning 05 September, ahead of the wider ‘rollout’ due to start on 12 September, with the NHS inviting those most susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19 and those aged 75 and over to book an appointment from that week.

Guide to the COVID-19 vaccination autumn booster programme

Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for severely immunosuppressed people

A third dose of vaccine is being offered to people over 12 who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose. It is separate from any potential booster vaccination: a third dose as part of the primary vaccination course.


Free transport to get to your vaccination

Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment can book a free return journey to help them attend.

Please book your vaccination appointment or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first, then call 01444 275 008. The booking service is available between 10am and 1pm and 2pm and 5pm Monday to Friday.


Mandatory vaccination of care home staff

Regulations revoking COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment in Care Quality Commission registered care homes came into force on 15 March 2022.

People working or volunteering in care homes are no longer required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the premises.

The legal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed from 1 April 2022 was also removed.

The minority of health and care workers who remain unvaccinated are reminded of their professional responsibility to be vaccinated to protect themselves and others.


NHS COVID Pass – showing your vaccination status

The NHS app can be used to show your COVID-19 vaccination status: NHS COVID Pass: what it is and how to get it.


Queries about vaccination

More information about vaccination, visit: COVID-19 vaccination


Care homes: include vaccination status when transferring residents 

NHS East Sussex Healthcare Trust (ESHT) ask all care homes to ensure transfer documentation is completed when a resident is being transferred to a NHS setting. It should include:

  • vaccination status of the resident including  dates
  • which vaccination was administered

Videos

Explaining the COVID-19 vaccine
Dr Manon Ragonnet-Cronin, MRC Fellow, Imperial College London talks to those who work and support vulnerable adults about the vaccine.

Answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
Dr Ragonnet-Cronin answers key questions that health and social care workers may find useful.

Fertility, pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine
Emma Chambers, Associate Director of Midwifery at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, addresses some of the concerns people may have around fertility, pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine.


Accessible leaflets and resources about vaccination

Public Health England has information in accessible formats including large print and braille versions of:

The leaflets have been translated into 18 languages and there are Easy Read versions and BSL videos.


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