The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. Please do not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
When will I be offered the vaccine?
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
It's being given to:
- people aged 80 and over
- some people aged 70 and over
- some people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
You also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Where will I get the vaccine?
In Sussex, the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton received the first supply of the vaccine on 8 December. A limited number of GP-led local vaccination services will be able to start offering the vaccine to their patients in the week of 14 December.
The vaccination programme will be expanding over the coming weeks and months as more vaccine becomes available. This will include:
- More hospital hubs
- More GP-led local vaccination services
- Establishing larger vaccination centres
- A roving services to take the vaccine into care homes and people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site.
A priority in the NHS planning is to ensure that it is as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated when it is their turn.
Will my GP surgery be offering the vaccine?
GP surgeries are working together in groups to ensure that their patients can receive the vaccine locally while also maintaining usual services for patients.
Each group might decide to offer the vaccine from one surgery or they might use an alternative location that is convenient for their community. You will be told where to go when an appointment is made and if you need help getting there, such as patient transport this will be discussed with you.
Who will contact me to offer me the vaccine?
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.
You will be contacted by the first NHS service that is able to offer you a vaccination. This may be your GP, one of the hospital hubs or another NHS service.
I need help getting to my appointment
Crawley Community Transport have received funding from the Charities Aid Foundation Resilience Fund and the Sussex Community Foundation & TNL Community Fund, to provide up to 1500 free of charge journeys to Mid Sussex, Horsham and Crawley residents needing assistance to travel to their Coronavirus vaccination appointments.
If you or someone you know has been contacted with an appointment, and are unable to arrange transportation to attend, you can contact them on 01444 471919 for Mid Sussex, 01403 754206 for Horsham & 01293 523764 for Crawley, to book.
The minibuses are thoroughly cleaned between passengers, drivers will be wearing appropriate PPE, and safety procedures will be in place to ensure the journeys are as safe as possible for passengers.
Transport is available to and from your home address. Availability of journeys is mostly between 10am and 2pm, due to driver schedules, however, if your appointment is outside of these times, you can still get in touch to discuss options.
This short video demonstrates the safety measures in place: https://fb.watch/31aV7yht8k/
Vaccine scam alert
With the start of the roll out of vaccines for Covid-19, we’ve already seen that this is presenting opportunities for fraudsters to commit fraud by contacting people by telephone, text, email and cold calling at their homes to offer the vaccine in return for a fee.
Any such contact will be a scam – people who receive the vaccine will not be required to:
- pay for it
- supply personal data/banking details
- provide PIN numbers.
Remember, never click on any links requesting personal data/banking details.
Please encourage your friends, family and neighbours to report suspicious instances to Sussex Police. If they feel they may have fallen victim to this type of scam already, then please advise them to contact their bank and also report it via 101.