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Updates from a Covid-19 Vaccination Champion

Update 08.06.21

If you're aged 25 or over, or if you turn 25 before 1 July 2021, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccine.
Invites are being sent to people aged 25 and over as we work our way down the age groups as quickly as supplies allow.

We are also on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July subject to vaccine supply. 
If you are in the eligible groups and you are yet to have your vaccination, please join the thousands of others locally who are helping to protect themselves and others. 
You can book your vaccination now by using the online service, by calling 119 or wait to receive an invitation from your GP-led local vaccination service.

Update 21.05.21

Covid vaccine is coming to even more communities in Hastings
Clinics this weekend are taking place on:
Saturday 22 May 10am-2pm
Station Practice, Level 3, Station Plaza, Health Centre, Station Approach, Hastings TN34 1BA
10am-11am booked appointments. 11am-2pm walk-in.
To book an appointment ring 01424 236260
These pop-up clinics have been advertised for people over the age of 40 as the teams at these sessions are using the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine. 
Following government guidance, people aged 39 and under are now being offered an alternative vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). Alternative clinics will be offered soon for anyone that needs Pfizer or Moderna.
These community sessions are for FIRST vaccinations only. If you have already had your first jab at another service elsewhere please wait for them to let you know your second appointment time and go back to them for your second jab.

Update 20.05.21

NHS England has confirmed that appointments for a second vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groups who have yet to receive their second dose.
This includes those aged 50 and over, those clinically vulnerable and unpaid carers.
If people have an appointment in the next 10 days this will continue as planned.
If appointments have been booked through the national booking system - online or via 119 - the central team will be contacting people in these groups who have an appointment after this time to bring forward their appointment for the second dose.
If people had their first appointment at a GP led local vaccination service, you will be contacted as soon as your local service is able to offer you the second appointment.
YOU DO NOT NEED to contact the NHS - please wait to be contacted if you think you are in this group.
People should continue to attend their second dose appointments as planned UNLESS the NHS contacts you.


Update 17.05.21

More than 600,000 appointments for a lifesaving Covid jab were booked in just 48 hours after the NHS vaccination programme was opened up to people in their thirties. 
Those aged 38 and 39 have been able to arrange a jab through the National Booking Service since Thursday. 
Since then, 611,863 first and second dose appointments have been booked at a NHS Vaccination Centre or local pharmacy-led vaccination service 
Younger people in their thirties are expected to be invited over the next few days and weeks. 
The surge in bookings comes as more than two thirds of people aged 50 and over have been fully vaccinated after receiving both doses. 
More than three quarters of those aged 40 to 49 have also received their first doses just a fortnight after they were offered a jab by the NHS. 
The Government and the JCVI announced on Friday that second dose appointments will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for those aged 50 and over who have yet to received theirs. 
Nobody needs to contact the NHS. 
Those who have their second dose booked in the next ten days, up to and including 24 May, should attend their appointment as planned. 
People who should have their second dose brought forward do not need to contact the NHS. The NHS will let them know when they can rebook. 
Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against Covid 19, so when you’re called forward, book your appointment and join the tens of millions who have already been jabbed.” 
People invited through the National Booking Service are offered a choice of appointments at NHS Vaccination Centres or pharmacy-led vaccination services, as well as some GP-led sites. 
Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment. 
People 39 and under without an underlying health condition will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance last week. 
Pregnant women using the service will also be directed to vaccination centres offering Pfizer and Moderna in their local area in line with JCVI Guidance. 
They can also speak to their GP practice or maternity service if they have any questions about the coronavirus vaccine or can talk to a healthcare professional at their appointment 
People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab. 
The NHS is also sending text reminders to people who have not yet taken up their offer of jab and also to people overdue their second dose to ensure nobody is left behind.

Update 14.05.21

Need confirmation of your Covid vaccinations?
From Monday, 17 May, the NHS app will be available to use as a vaccine passport.
The NHS app that already enables people to book appointments, repeat prescriptions and see their full medical records, from next week will also provide evidence of your vaccination status.
Your status will only show when you have had both doses.
The NHS app is separate to the NHS Covid-19 app, which is used for contact tracing.
If people are planning to travel, they are encouraged to register to use the app at least two weeks before travelling.
A paper version will also be available - by calling 119 - NOT through your GP practice. Please don’t call your GP.
The paper letter should be requested at least five days after a second vaccine, and can take up to five days to arrive so make sure to leave plenty of time if you need it to travel.
Read more: demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad - GOV.UK (

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