Update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme: national vaccination letters

Coronavirus vaccinations have been given to patients and will gradually being rolled out across the region. You can find out what to expect here.
Someone getting an injection

Update (15.02.21): People aged 65 + and those who are clinically vulnerable are now eligible to receive their vaccination.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccination. The NHS are working hard get the vaccine to eligible people as quickly as supplies allow. We have made good progress and the target to offer the vaccination to everyone in the first four priority groups has been met, and we are now in a position to move on to priority groups 5 and 6. 

Read more about priority groups 5 and 6 and how to receive your vaccination

New update on rollout (08.02.2021)

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who would like to be are being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab so that they can be vaccinated by the middle of February.

If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice.
Anyone who received a letter in 2021 asking them to shield, should also receive an invitation from their local family doctor as well as an invitation from the national booking service inviting them for a jab.

People in priority groups who are given a vaccination appointment by both their local GP team and the National Booking Service should cancel the one they do not want so the slot can be used by someone else.

Health and social care workers, who are also among the top four priority groups for vaccination, should speak to their employer about arranging their jab.

We are aware that patients are starting to receive letters from the national vaccination booking system. The letter is labelled only from the NHS and invites you to book your vaccination appointment.

We recognise that these letters are causing confusion and we want to provide a simple summary of how people can receive their vaccination and the purpose of these letters.

In our area, people in the eligible groups are able to receive their vaccination at either a GP led or local vaccination service, a larger vaccination centre such as the Brighton Centre which went live this week, a local pharmacy service, or a roving service which is visiting care homes and those who are housebound.

All of these services are working alongside each other and provide people with choice to decide where they would like to receive their vaccination.

GP led or local vaccination services are contacting patients directly by phone, text or letter to book an appointment. People will also be contacted directly if they are housebound and not able to access a service.

Appointments at the larger vaccination centres and local pharmacy services are available through a national booking system and the letters set out how you can access this – both through a website and a phone line.

The letters are being sent to anyone in the eligible priority groups who live in a 60 mile radius from a vaccination centre or a local pharmacy service. It is important to say that this is not just in Sussex and if you live in proximity to a vaccination centre or pharmacy in Hampshire, Kent or Surrey, you are able to book for these and have your vaccination there.

If you have received a letter, you can either use the national booking system to arrange an appointment at a large vaccination centre or pharmacy, or you can leave the letter and you will continue to be contacted by your GP led or local vaccination service (supported by your GP practice) to arrange an appointment.

Watch this simple animation which sets out these options:


For Government resources, information and leaflets:

We will update our website with more details about the programme as they come through and if you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch with us here at Healthwatch West Sussex:

0300 012 0122


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