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Updates from a Covid-19 Vaccination Champion

Update 12.04.21

Vaccination Champion 
New way of booking for health and care workforce
If you have not already had your COVID-19 vaccine, let us protect you by booking an appointment for your first dose now.
All eligible health and care workers, including agency staff, can book to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of our local vaccination centres through the updated Sussex booking system, or contact your GP to book your vaccine.
Health and care workforce vaccinations | Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk)
Frontline health and care workers are prioritised because they are at high risk of exposure to the virus and provide care to multiple vulnerable individuals.
Am I eligible?
COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
At present, only health, social care and care workers are eligible. Full details of eligible workers are set out in the Government’s ‘Green Book’ (see page 11). If you are unsure if you are eligible for vaccination, please contact your employer. Please do not book a vaccination appointment if you are not eligible as you will be turned away when you arrive at the vaccination site.
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Reassurance about second dose appointments
Vaccination services across our area are starting to arrange and carry out second dose appointments as people approach 12 weeks since their first vaccination.
The first dose of both the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection from COVID-19, everyone will need to get a second dose.
We are therefore urging people to come forward for their second dose of the vaccine when they are contacted or if they have an appointment booked.
Vaccination experts recommended that people receive their second dose around 12 weeks after their first.
If you have arranged your appointment through the national booking service, you are likely to have booked your first and second appointments at the same time. If you have booked online you can remind yourself of your place and time of your vaccination using the ‘manage my appointments’ section on www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.
If you had your vaccination at a GP led local vaccination service you will be contacted as your approach the 12 week mark. Please don't worry you will be contacted when it is time for your appointment.
 

Update: 19.03.21 

Free transport option now available to help people get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment
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 first and then call:
07871 603 235 for East Sussex residents
to speak to a travel coordinator. The booking service is available between 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 Monday to Friday. 
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.

Update 15.03.21

Fact checker: Why have some people got a second vaccination booked and others are waiting? 
Depending on where you received your vaccination and which vaccine you received will depend whether you had a second vaccination booked at the time or not.
If you have already been vaccinated and don’t yet have your second appointment you will be contacted to arrange this shortly by the place where you received your first. National guidance is that people must have their second vaccine at the same place the received their first.
 

Update 06.03.21

Some frequently asked questions
Can I get a vaccination if I don’t have an NHS number?
Yes. People do not require an NHS number or GP registration to receive a vaccination and should never be denied one on this basis. 
Local leaders have been asked to take action to ensure this is not the case. If someone does not have an NHS number but is within an eligible group, services have been advised to vaccinate now, record locally via a paper system, and ensure vaccination is formally documented later.
Will the vaccine affect my fertility?
The Royal College of Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives issued a statement on 19 January 2021, saying:
“There is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility. Claims of any effect of Covid-19 vaccination on fertility are speculative and not supported by any data.”
What if I miss my appointment for either dose of the vaccine?
If you miss your appointment the vaccine team will attempt to rebook you, contacting you either by telephone, by letter, or both methods if necessary.

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