COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME – 3rd June 2021
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VACCINATIONS FOR PATIENTS OVER 45
We are aware of the national press announcement for patients over the age of 45 to be vaccinated. We are awaiting further information on deliveries and booking.
Please DO NOT contact the practice.
SDHC will be in touch shortly with your booking options.
VACCINATION PROGRAMME UPDATE FROM SDHC FEDERATION
Our COVID-19 vaccination programme is working within Government guidelines and we are continuing to focus on offering first doses of the COVID 19 vaccination to those aged 50 and over.
Vaccine supply for April has been restricted and if you are contacted to attend a vaccination appointment, please make every effort to attend. It may be the last opportunity to receive a first vaccination for some weeks.
If you are due a second vaccination dose you will be invited to attend our vaccination centre in the 11th week following your first vaccination. Second dose vaccination supplies have not been restricted.
NEW SITE FROM 6th APRIL 2021
As leisure facilities are opening up, we are having to move our vaccination centre. The new vaccination centre is at;
Harbour Community Centre,
Pevensey Bay Road,
The centre will be clearly signposted and there is ample parking a short walk away with clearly marked routes to the centre. The centre is on the Bus route 5A but other buses also go to the Harbour area. https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables
For any queries the best way to contact is via email [email protected] and someone will get back to you. Our phone number for emergency issues only is 03301244002. Please do NOT contact your Practice.
Our vaccination programme continues to deliver vaccines in line with the Governments priority cohorts. Over 93% of the top four priority cohorts have now received a first dose vaccination. Currently we are offering vaccinations to those aged 16-64 with an underlying health condition. SDHC GP Federation are running our vaccination centre, we would strongly encourage you to book your appointment when contacted by SDHC.
From 15th March we hope that the supply of vaccines will increase and SDHC will be contacting other patient groups (60 – 64), (55 – 59) and (50 – 54). You may also receive an invite from the national vaccination programme to attend a mass vaccination site and it is your choice if you wish to take this.
From the 15th March 2021 SDHC will start to call some patients for their second doses . If you received a vaccine at Hampden Park just before New Year, you will shortly be receiving an invitation to attend a 2nd dose vaccination appointment on or shortly after 16th March 2021 at the Sovereign Centre (or a new venue, please see below). Invitations for second doses will then be made in line with vaccine delivery and within 12 weeks of your first dose.
AS WITH ALL VACCINATION QUERIES, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY TO ASK WHEN YOUR VACCINE WILL BE – OUR PARTNER, SDHC GP FEDERATION WILL CONTACT YOU
For other queries email: [email protected]
Warning over COVID vaccination scams
Be on your guard against fraudulent text and email messages as new scams are being sent to patients.
People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link.
This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.
Please follow the advice below.
- The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is FREE – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details .
- If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
- If you receive a text or email that you believe to be fraudulent please delete it. Please be assured that if you don’t respond because you are worried and it is a genuine text or email, you will remain on the vaccination list and be contacted again
- If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.
Guidance on official NHS texts
- An official NHS text message from our local GP Federation SDHC, will include their details, GP Federation or SDHC. It may also include details of the vaccination centre, The Sovereign Centre. Scam text messages and emails usually don’t include his information
- An official NHS text message from the national booking system will be a reminder text so will include details of your booked appointment include date, time and location
Update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme: National Vaccination letters
We are aware that some of our patients are starting to receive letters from the national vaccination booking system. The letters are labelled from the NHS and invite you to book your vaccination appointment.
These letters are offering the opportunity to book an appointment at one of the larger vaccination centres, such as the Brighton Centre or a local pharmacy (although there are no Pharmacies offering this service Eastbourne at present time). Appointments for the larger vaccination centres and pharmacies are available through the national booking system set out in the letter – either online or by phone.
You cannot book at our local GP Federation, SDHC , vaccination service through this system
Our Federation vaccination service at The Sovereign Centre in Eastbourne is working alongside these other services. You have a choice where you receive your vaccination. We would encourage you to use the Federation service as many of our GPs and staff are working there.
Our Federation ,SDHC, will contact you directly to arrange an appointment at our vaccination service.
We thank you for your support.
As part of the CCG’s “When will I get my jab?” public campaign they have produced a series of materials, including a specific animation relating to these letters:
- How will I get my jab? (animation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh4DLdKD6uw
- I have received a letter, what do I do? (animation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ame-eJ4RUSU
- How will I be invited? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtDEiOK46GM
- What is a vaccination centre? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izprZWWYe9w
- For continued updated information from the Government: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
Email us: [email protected]
Our GP Federation, SDHC, is delivering the vaccination programme on behalf of the Practice. They are currently working through the Governments national priority list of people who need to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. As of today, over 50% of over 80 year old’s have received a vaccination. By the end of today, 19 January 2021, SDHC will have attempted to contact all patients on the list at least once.
If patients who are over the age of 80 have not heard from SDHC by Thursday 21st of January, an appointment letter will be sent to them. The letter will detail their appointment date and time. This should arrive with patients within the next two or three days, post allowing, and the appointments will be from Sunday 23rd onwards.
Following patient feedback, appointments will be offered between 10.00 and 15.00. The aim is to complete the first vaccination for the vast majority of over 80’s by Saturday 30th January.
At the same time that the over 80’s are being called, the Government has also asked that other groups are prioritised for vaccinations. These include health and social care workers, care home residents and staff.
You are probably also aware that the Government has also asked that people over 70 and the extremely clinically vulnerable start being called for vaccinations. We continue to prioritise the over 80’s before moving onto the next group of patients. Please be assured that we are vaccinating people as fast as we can, in line with government priorities and within the limited supply of vaccines we have received to date.
You will be hearing from SDHC very soon. Please DO NOT contact your Practice about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The Lighthouse Practice is one of 5 GP Practices in the ALPS Group of GP Practices (Arlington Road, Lighthouse, Park Practice, Seaside Medical Centre and Grove Road Surgery). Other GP Practices in the Eastbourne area are part of other PCNs.
The ALPS Group of GP Practices are offering vaccines to our patient population through a GP Federation – South Downs Health and Care (SDHC).
Presently this is based at the Hampden Park surgery on Brodrick Close in Eastbourne but we are hoping to secure a larger vaccination venue in the future.
The Government has announced that vaccines are to be given to the most vulnerable first, as set out in a list of nine high-priority groups, as listed below covering around 30 million people nationwide.
Those in red are the immediate priority:
- Residents in care homes for older adults and their carers
- 80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers
- 75-year-olds and over
- 70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- 65-year-olds and over
- 16- to 64-year-olds with serious underlying health conditions
- 60-year-olds and over
- 55-year-olds and over
- 50-year-olds and over
Supply of the vaccine is currently limited and it will take some time before regular vaccine deliveries are made to the SDHC Federation, so please be patient.
SDHC will contact you when they receive a delivery and advise you when your vaccine will be available. You will be contacted in priority order and this includes housebound patients.
We are doing everything we can to vaccinate as many people, in the high risk groups, as possible by the middle of February. The roll out of vaccinations to Care home staff and residents is starting from 7th January.
Your patience while we work through this challenge is very much appreciated.
For an over view of the local programme – https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/
For information about local vaccination sites – https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/covid-19-vaccination-sites/
Frequently Asked Questions (being constantly updated) – https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/faqs-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/
The CCG have set up a dedicated inbox for enquiries about the vaccination programme. If you have any queries please email them at [email protected]
We would also politely ask you not to contact your GP Practice about the COVID vaccinations as we need their telephone lines to be kept open for patients who need medical help and support.