As of 19th January I am delighted to confirm that we have received news from the Clair Hall vaccination site volunteer supervisor that they have had an overwhelming number of volunteers come forward and are fully staffed at this time.
There may be opportunities at other sites and enquiries can be directed here:
Non-Medical Volunteer Enquiries: If you would like to volunteer for this NHS led Covid-19 vaccination programme non-medical volunteer opportunities are being co-ordinated via Sussex Community NHS Trust and I would encourage you to read their FAQs available here https://www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/downloads/misc-documents/volunteer-faqs-december2020.pdf . If you have a question about volunteering please email email@example.com. ( https://www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/work-with-us/covid19vaccine.htm) .
Medical/Volunteer vaccinators Enquiries: If you are a registered current, or retired, health professional and you are able to travel to BRIGHTON, you can register an expression of interest to become a volunteer vaccinator by emailing your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note your email must contain the following information:
- Your title, first name and surname
- A contact number and email address
- Registration status - current or retire
Please note, volunteer vaccinator roles are only available in Brighton (Information correct as of 11th Jan 2021)
Registering as a Volunteer: You can now register directly and choose your own shift times on the same site as is used by medical and NHS personnel. Medical, NHS, and private volunteers now all register with LANTUM, not through the website but only through the following link: https://info.lantum.com/abc_vaccination_bank
Instructions for private volunteers are as follows:
- Via the Lantum link, create an account, then to choose shifts on the rota, click on ‘Find Work’ button (top middle of the page), then selecting the position of Marshal in the left hand filter.
- Ignore instructions to upload documents or billing instructions – these don’t apply to volunteers.
- You will be able to update your information in due course, to show any special information or skills, such as ex-police, etc.
- If you have problems logging on, please clear your PC’s cache.
- More guidance is available in the document attached at the bottom of this webpage.
Update as of 17th January 2021
I had substantial meetings this week with the local NHS and the Vaccine Minister - we are regularly getting through queries and linking with the NHS to answer them. Here are some further updates. Burgess Hill GP and East Grinstead patients have begun their vaccinations over this week and weekend in the former Clair Hall and East Court respectively with very positive reports of the experience & process.
Thank you to all the local medical teams and volunteers who have again been brilliant in this next phase.
The 7th wave of the West Sussex vaccine activity begins next week meaning all of West Sussex GPs have commenced. Covering the 80 practices. The Pfizer jabs are the dominant vaccine supply which is the most challenging product to handle. The Oxford/AZ flow is still much more limited. Supplies are distributed via NHS England and GPs notified approximately 3 days in advance of what & when deliveries will be made so they can arrange local patient appointments. Sites do have a contingency list for any left-over vaccine and a focus is on no waste. They watch this across appointments adding more where needed. This is a big focus despite press reports to the contrary.
The Brighton vaccine centre at the Brighton Centre will commence vaccinations subject to all NHS approvals and readiness on 25th January - building up to 3,000 patients a day once vaccine provision is rolling through. The Crawley vaccination centre site at the hospital will commence on 1st February building up to 1,500 jabs per day. With a Bognor site following too.
I have received a number of approaches from constituents who are concerned they have received invitations and been asked to travel to a large vaccine centre in Epsom, and potentially shortly the one in Brighton or Crawley. Please do but only accept this if you can travel with support safely, if not you won’t be missed out and you will later receive a local invite via your GP.
Update on the Plan for most vulnerable Mid Sussex:
Housebound residents - there will be a roving team to support those with access challenges. This is being worked up.
Homeless people - the local NHS team have a plan to assist the most vulnerable.
Care Homes & Care Staff
As a programme, this is something that the local NHS have been working towards and a large amount of work has taken place to make sure residents receive their vaccine as quickly as possible. Residents and staff in care homes for older people are in the top priority group and across Sussex the vaccinations are predominantly being delivered through the GP-led vaccination services. The remainder are being served by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust vaccination teams. The NHS say they are working in partnership with care homes and plan to have vaccinated all care homes with residents over 65 years old before the end of January, with all care homes vaccinated by mid-February. They are confirming details to each home individually as the programme is rolled out.
Due to the large number of care homes for older people across our local area, the planning and implementation of getting the vaccination out to them has been complex and it is recognised there has been a certain amount of frustration from some care homes that the vaccination has not reached them quickly enough.
The NHS are making real progress in this area too, we are conscious they say of the need to get the vaccination to as many care homes as possible as quickly as possible and this remains our constant focus as we roll-out the programme.
My office has been working with local care homes on queries and I am pleased to report many staff are getting their jabs and are in the contingency list where spare vaccine is available so can be called up at short notice too.
I also receive enquiries from both NHS staff and those who are either non-agency care staff or family carers. The update I received confirms that there are 70,000 Health & Care staff across Sussex and the appropriate frontline vaccination focus is underway. 20 thousand are frontline NHS & social care and in the first rollout phase. Next level will be completed in next 4 weeks and 3rd level which includes private carers is targeted for by the end of March. The local NHS are working with local authorities to help identify those in last level and are undertaking modelling of how this will roll out. I expect more details on this soon.
Delivery of vaccinations is dependent largely on the readiness of the local vaccination service and the vaccine supply and availability.
Update as of 9th January 2021
I spoke to our NHS commissioners yesterday with West Sussex MPs for the very latest. By next week I am assured the plan and actions to cover the 80 West Sussex GP practices will be in place. I am sharing the latest I have.
I am aware Burgess Hill GP patients have started to received invitations for their jabs at the former Clair Hall site in Perrymount Mount Road and next week the East Court site will also go live at the Meridian Hall in East Grinstead.
I am hearing from many residents - they report have had their first jab and it was a successful, smooth process and very welcome. THANK YOU to all who are making this happen. Over 1.5 million of our most vulnerable and NHS and healthcare staff have been vaccinated already. We have much more to do but this is a vital start on getting us all through this.
Meanwhile please note our local resilience forum has declared a major incident within the NHS & is working on that footing due to staff pressures, ambulance pressures and the help they are giving to Kent & Medway patients. Please bear this in mind and keep safe.
Our hospitals & GPs too are affected by Covid impact of shielding and illness but are vaccinating their staff as planned in the Brighton hospital hub and PRH vaccine hub. They have a strong focus too on supporting their most vulnerable staff and BAME staff and this process is really helping with confidence as it helps tackle workforce supply and is truly vital to help with the staffing challenge.
A reminder the first vaccine needs careful handling and the GP surgery/school nurse roll out like the flu vaccine is simply not possible. All of this dictates how we can deliver this.Our NHS can only go as fast as vaccine availability is coming - in line with supporting all other parts of healthcare. Flow will increase over the next few weeks and this is THE crucial element for planning and effectiveness. All sites are 8am-8pm with an active view on 24hr operations where suitable once vaccine flow increases but this will need to be balanced with staffing challenges.
Four extra large Sussex vaccine sites are coming on line-
Brighton - live likely w/c 25th Jan
Crawley - live likely w/c 1st Feb
Plus an active opportunity at Gatwick Airport is being fully explored.
Sites are defined by ability of one-way flow, resting areas, SD requirements, the size and space of venue for handling of vaccine and storage and facilities- as well as national NHS guidance too.
CARE HOMES & MOST VULNERABLE
There is a direct plan working with adult social care and more work is being done here but there is a direct plan for this area. There will be a roving team to support these and those most rural too. Family Carers are also being looked at too in regards to their vaccine but many are older come into the first wave bracket.
An extra 360 people have been onboarded and 250 trained ready to deploy where and when needed.
National plan is to cover the first 14 Million vulnerable within first tranche and it’s very pleasing to hear of many families having their loved ones called and take up is strong. As has been the flu jab this year with an 80% take up and supplies there are fine.
Not tried or test yet. Issues of safety and rest time plus confidentiality etc
DISCHARGE TO COMMUNITY IMPACT
NHS team are actively working on further solutions on this. Biggest issue is workforce availability and broader Covid impact.
Reminder Pfizer is licenced for over 16s and OX/AZ is over 18s.
Next wave of vaccine priority being local at IE teachers/police/other services and other front line more details soon. Dentists are in first tranche. Those with vulnerabilities and working in their profession will be within the first tranche.
As we roll out vaccines, a key reminder of 3 things from the NHS:
1.The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please do not contact us beforehand.
2. Please act on your invite when it comes.
3. Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS
Also PLEASE ventilate rooms and Covid workspaces too.
You DO NOT need to pay for this service-please see my scam update on this plus below. You will be contacted by YOUR GP.
Update as of 6th January 2021
Sussex NHS Commissioners have today confirmed to me that subject to vaccine deliveries that Burgess Hill GP practices will be coming together to be part of the current GP led vaccination centre - a programme working out of the former Clair Hall site at Perrymount Road in Haywards Heath.
I don’t have full details yet of which practices and the coverage. However it will commence next week subject to expected vaccine arrival. Meaning this will match the start up in East Grinstead- at the Meridian Hall at East Court.
I know several Burgess Hill sites have been extensively looked at and not deemed suitable including the Triangle and Cyprus Hall - and it was decided joining this existing site as it’s ready to go was best way to get soonest start and commence coverage for Burgess Hill residents. The length of time the site is needed to be available for and space are real challenges on all sites in all areas.
Please reassure your loved ones - it will be their GPs who will call and organise the appointments. This will be based on vaccine batch arrival. This operation is just starting and grows daily as supplies stabilise.
I believe that roving support at home for the most vulnerable or isolated is planned regarding concerns on any travel challenges. I will keep constituents updated on this.
This is vital news and means that three key areas within the Mid Sussex constituency will be up and running and delivering the jabs to our most vulnerable during this second week of January.
My grateful thanks goes to the hard work of these practices and their NHS support teams.
Sussex MPs meet with Commissioners on Friday for the latest and for more updates on our local roll out. I am keen to know the details for our villages too. But am aware that pharmacy support is key as is stable supplies of the UK made and produced vaccine. I reiterate it’s early days in the process but we are to deal with all of the batches on arrival.
We are working with large and small pharmacy groups, the army and the huge amount volunteers so that when there is vaccine it gets into the most vulnerable peoples arms to protect them ASAP.
Care Homes (for elderly) Update
Alongside our most senior constituents who we are focused on are, of course, our care homes for elderly residents and their dedicated staff. Whilst I have received reports that some of the larger care homes in Mid Sussex have already benefited from this vaccination programme I am assured by Sussex Commissioners that a focused programme is well underway to establish responsibility for delivery and support at the smaller homes. As I receive more details I will update via my website and Facebook.
Meanwhile this is worth a read. I met with the vaccine minister on Monday night with other MPs and we are all determined to help support this mighty effort in our communities to get this done and move forward out of lockdown and back to better times: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-9116177/amp/Vaccines-Minister-NADHIM-ZAHAWI-help-roll-Covid-19-inoculation.html?__twitter_impression=true
Update as of 1st January 2021 on Mid Sussex Vaccination Programme
Happy New Year to constituents ahead of my next meeting with the Vaccine Minister on Monday evening (4th Jan) with MPs here is the very latest locally. Please note it is very early in the national roll out.
Updates from Sussex Commissioners confirm to the MPs office that the East Grinstead area GP practices and the Burgess Hill area GP practices are actively working together for each of their areas to lead the programme for their patients.
The Meridian Hall at East Court in East Grinstead has been targeted as a potential central vaccination site and the required NHS approvals process is underway with NHS England with a targeted launch of vaccinations during w/c 11th January. This is subject to all approval and readiness preparation which includes set up, IT requirements and infection control.
Burgess Hill GPs are actively working on their requirements and it is understood they have been exploring a number of local potential sites are among them are including Cyprus Hall, being part of the Perrymount Road vaccination centre (formerly Clair Hall) and The Triangle and we await decisions and updates.
A further update is expected from Sussex Commissioners to MPs on Monday 4th January. I will hope to have more on the villages rollout.
But I stress this is very early days in the roll out which will take weeks into months to conclude. The rate of the ability of vaccine available at present to distribute is the limiting factor which will very soon change. A reminder all of this is happening on top of the crucial daily work GPs and their local teams do.
Meanwhile, the vaccination programme commenced this week in Haywards Heath, with the following practices in the area having joined forces to lead on delivering to their patients via a central site at Perrymount Road (previously Clair Hall).
- Cuckfield Medical Centre
- Dolphins Practice
- Lindfield Medical Centre
- Newtons Practice
- Northlands Wood Surgery
- Ouse Valley Practice
If you would like to volunteer to assist with the Haywards Heath practices’ rollout please email: email@example.com with your name and contact details and these will be passed on to the programme lead.
Across the Sussex region there is an increasing number of both hubs and GP led vaccination services who are already active. More detail is available here: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/covid-19-vaccination-sites/
With the approval of the new second vaccination source this week, this jab will not only offer an increased flow of supplies but will aid delivery of the programme due to its simpler storage requirements. It must however be recognised that this is a marathon and not a sprint, if only for the number of those who will need to be vaccinated. Vaccines must still be manufactured, tested, shipped, received and distributed to delivery sites. Suitable premises must be identified, assessed, approved and prepared - plus be available for several months access. The rollout priorities have been carefully considered to protect the most vulnerable in our society and as such you are thanked for your patience while you wait to be invited for your vaccination.
I recognise there is huge interest and concern but must be clear this is NHS and GP led and the rollout here and I will keep constituents informed. Community Pharmacy and independent pharmacies will be part of the roll out as will our forces and charities where needed too. We now have 100 thousand extra NHS volunteers already in the program which is excellent.
You may meanwhile find this leaflet from the Public Health England (PHE) useful which provides further background to the rollout in England and priority listings at present: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948678/PHE_11920_Covid-19_why_do_I_have_to_wait_leaflet_v2.pdf
In addition I can reassure you that the UK is currently one of the top countries worldwide in terms of the current status of their programme rollout, having given more vaccinations per 100 people than any of our close neighbours. More information is available here: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations
I will keep you updated as I get more information.
Update as of 22nd December from Sussex NHS Commissioners
I am advised that West Sussex currently has 4 active vaccination programs with 3, including the site at Perrymount Road (formerly Clair Hall), planned to come on stream from the 28th December. Further sites across the county are expected to go live from early January, including additional ones for Mid Sussex - one in Burgess Hill and another in East Grinstead. These sites are being scoped and progressed.
As explained previously, in my update of the 18th December below, our local GP practices are working collaboratively to identify and ready local sites for their roll out to their patients. It has been explained that whilst some vaccination programs of this type across the UK are already active this is typically because GP practices either had existing premises or were able to access other facilities, for example community centres or hospitals, that were deemed ‘ready’ for use in terms of set up, IT, infection control and so on, as well as having logistical capacity to accommodate this extensive program. Such sites some GPs already had outreach programmes or other such community set up which could be quickly built upon.
We are advised the current vaccine supplies are available in set batch sizes to facilitate their timely use within their shelf-life and it is hoped should further vaccines be approved ( we await news on the Oxford vaccine) that these will offer key additional options to the NHS in extending and increasing the speed of roll-out due to their different storage and handling requirements.
In terms of local care home residents and staff – there is a separate program by which care homes can directly order from the NHS, smaller batch sizes and arrange their own vaccination schedule. In fact it has been reported to me by local constituents that this has already been completed in certain homes. This is really positive news and I pay tribute to the management in these homes who have acted so pro-actively.
There is also an active program of vaccination of our NHS hospital staff across the UK and I am advised that the vaccination hospital hub at the Royal Sussex County Hospital has already started its roll-out for Brighton based staff with a similar hub coming on stream from the first week in January for PRH staff.
I will keep you updated as I get more information.
Update as of 18th December from Sussex NHS Commissioners
Currently the working expectation is that the Perrymount Road site will be part of wave four sites going live in Sussex, which are due to start vaccinating on Monday 28 December. This is subject to NHS England confirmation on the site and our final system readiness approvals.
The areas that sites have had to cover in terms of their preparations include infection control measures, how patients will move through the areas being used, safe storage of the vaccine, and digital and IT access in order to work at the site.
The preparations for each site is led by the GP practices that will be using them, their Federations where appropriate, and NHS supporting teams including primary care, medicines management, infection control and digital.
For Perrymount Road, MDSC has supported the GP practices to ensure that the site has working facilities, but the readiness preparations and approvals are led by the NHS.
Original detail (first published 16th December)
Across Sussex, GP practices are working together to consider how and where they will be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to their patients.
A group of GP practices in Haywards Heath is keen to make use of the site on Perrymount Road (formerly known as Clair Hall) as their Local Vaccination Service site, following the kind offer from Mid Sussex District Council. An application for this site has been submitted and - along with other sites across the area - was reviewed last week to assure its readiness to go live.
Following this initial review, further work was needed to ensure the site would be ready to go live as a local vaccination service [see update as of 18th December above]. There was also the added complexity that there was a mobile testing unit on site this week and we, therefore, need to consider the safety of our most vulnerable local people who would be the first to be invited onto sites to receive the vaccination.
I can assure you that the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will continue to work directly with the GP practices who will be leading the vaccination service across Mid Sussex. This is key in order to ensure the site can meet all the readiness checks to make sure their ‘go-live’ point is a success for local people.
In Sussex, health services commenced vaccinations for the over 80s group last week, with the launch of a hospital hub at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. The hospital received the first supply of the vaccine on 8 December and started vaccinating inpatients and outpatients over the age of 80 as well as high-risk hospital staff in line with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance.
Today the first phase of GP-led local vaccination services started offering the vaccine to patients across Sussex. Eight sites are going live today and tomorrow, including two in the Horsham area, one in Crawley and The Glebe in Storrington. Further sites will be going live later this week and over the coming weeks.
In addition to further GP led local vaccination services, the programme will also expand over the coming weeks and months at the following sites:
- More hospital hubs
- Larger vaccination centres
- A roving service to take the vaccine into care homes and people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site.
We will continue to update you as more sites go live in your area.
Key messages from the NHS to the public:
- 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.
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you.
- When the NHS does contact you, please attend your booked appointments.
- Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
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