Seaford Medical Practice

COVID-19 Vaccine

Booster programme update

Thousands of people eligible for a Spring COVID-19 booster have not yet come forward

The NHS in Sussex is calling for anyone who now due a second COVID-19 vaccination to book theirs this week.

Latest figures show that 116,628 of those who are eligible have had their spring or second booster, but 91,894 people are now eligible and are yet to come forward or be vaccinated.

With hundreds of appointments available this week, people are being urged to book theirs as soon as possible.

People are eligible for a spring or second booster if they are aged 75 and over or they are aged 12 years and over and have a weakened immune system.

People living in older people’s care homes are also eligible and specific visits are being planned in order to make sure these people get their vaccination.

In the majority of cases, people will receive the Moderna vaccination – one of the three approved vaccines in the UK widely used throughout the programme to date.

People can book an appointment from three months of the date of their original booster.

No invite is needed.

The NHS is also calling on family members and friends to make sure their loved ones have received their vaccine if they are due.

Call 119 from 8am to 8pm or use the National Booking Service website to book a local appointment.

Walk in sessions are also available every day.

For the latest list of walk in sessions and more information about the vaccination programme visit COVID-19 vaccinations – Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk)

“It may seem that COVID-19 has gone away but it is still in our communities and we want to make sure our most vulnerable have this extra protection for the coming months.

“By making sure that you have a spring booster when you are due means that it will cover you over the summer and you have had it ahead of the autumn.”

 


We continue to work with South Downs Health and Care (SDHC) in providing COVID Vaccines at the Crumbles Vaccination Centre, Eastbourne. The Booster programme is underway for those aged 75 and over as well as those who are immunocompromised (strict criteria as below). Children aged 5-11 Years Old can also book to be vaccinated. The easiest way to book in your vaccine is via the following website: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

SDHC will commence Vaccinations for eligible patients that are housebound in the near future.

Should you have any queries about the COVID vaccine, SDHC can be contacted at sdhc.vaccinations@nhs.net. Please do not book unless you are over 75 years old or fit the immunocompromised criteria as below. We appreciate that there will be some vulnerable patients who do not fit the above national guidance, if you think you might fall into a group needing the booster vaccine but are not on the list above, please email SDHC who can advise based on the Government and JCVI guidance.

SDHC continue to provide the vaccine programme on behalf of the practice, please do not contact the practice regarding COVID Vaccines.

The criteria for immunocompromised patients is:

Criteria for a Booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine in those aged 12 years and above Individuals with primary or acquired immunodeficiency states at the time of vaccination due to conditions including:

  • acute and chronic leukaemias, and clinically aggressive lymphomas (including Hodgkin’s lymphoma) who were under treatment or within 12 months of achieving cure at the time of vaccination
  • individuals under follow up for a chronic lymphoproliferative disorders including haematological malignancies such as indolent lymphoma, chronic lymphoid leukaemia, myeloma, Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and other plasma cell dyscrasias (Note: this list is not exhaustive)
  • adults and children aged 12 years and over with immunosuppression due to HIV/AIDS with a current CD4 count of < 3g/L) due to primary immunodeficiency (e.g. common variable immunodeficiency) or secondary to disease / therapy Individuals on immunosuppressive or immunomodulating therapy at the time of vaccination including:
  • those who were receiving immunosuppressive therapy for a solid organ transplant at the time of vaccination
  • those who were receiving or had received in the previous 3 months targeted therapy for autoimmune disease, such as JAK inhibitors or biologic immune modulators including B-cell targeted therapies (including rituximab but in this case the recipient would be considered immunosuppressed for a 6 month period), T-cell co-stimulation modulators, monoclonal tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi), soluble TNF receptors, interleukin (IL)-6 receptor inhibitors., IL-17 inhibitors, IL 12/23 inhibitors, IL 23 inhibitors. (Note: this list is not exhaustive)
  • those who were receiving or had received immunosuppressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy for any indication in the 6 months before vaccination Individuals with chronic immune-mediated inflammatory disease who were receiving or had received immunosuppressive therapy prior to vaccination including:
  • high dose corticosteroids (equivalent to ≥ 20mg prednisolone per day) for more than 10 days in the month before vaccination
  • long term moderate dose corticosteroids (equivalent to ≥10mg prednisolone per day for more than 4 weeks) in the 3 months before vaccination
  • non-biological oral immune modulating drugs, such as methotrexate >20mg per week (oral and subcutaneous), azathioprine >3.0mg/kg/day; 6-mercaptopurine >1.5mg/kg/day, mycophenolate >1g/day) in the 3 months before vaccination
  • certain combination therapies at individual doses lower than above, including those on ≥7.5mg prednisolone per day in combination with other immunosuppressants (other than hydroxychloroquine or sulfasalazine) and those receiving methotrexate (any dose) with leflunomide in the 3 months before vaccination Individuals who had received high dose steroids (equivalent to >40mg prednisolone per day for more than a week) for any reason in the month before vaccination

 


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Spring booster vaccinations start this week in East Sussex

 

Eligible groups for Spring boosters include care home residents, people who are 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed aged 12 and over.

In line with new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme will contact people when it is their turn to be vaccinated.

In East Sussex, Spring booster vaccinations will be taking place at local vaccination sites, while roving vaccination teams will be visiting care homes to deliver boosters to the most vulnerable people from this week.

Those eligible are being contacted directly and will be able to arrange an appointment at their local service. Once invited by the NHS, people will be able to book their appointments through the National Booking System either online or by calling NHS 119.

Currently in East Sussex, 85% of people have had a booster vaccination and thousands of the area’s most vulnerable people are now eligible for a second booster as part of the next phase.

In total, more than 3.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccination have been delivered in Sussex since the programme began in January 2021.

Full details on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Sussex can be found on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

Walk-in vaccinations available across East Sussex

Walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccinations are taking place regularly across East Sussex to allow as many people as possible to access the vaccines.

You don’t need an appointment, and you can simply turn up to receive your vaccination.

Friday 25 March 2022
• Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH. 12 years and above.

• 09.00-17.00 – Hastings Town Hall Priory Square entrance Hastings, TN34 1QR. Pfizer and Astra Zeneca 1st, 2nd and booster doses.

• 09.00-16.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings, TN35 5BL. 12 and over. AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings, TN34 3PX. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 09.00-13.00 & 14.15-17.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards, TN37 6DU. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

Saturday 26 March 2022
• 08.30-16.30 – Sovereign Harbour Community Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH. 12 years and above.

• 09.00-17.00 – Hastings Town Hall Priory Square entrance Hastings, TN34 1QR. Pfizer and Astra Zeneca 1st, 2nd and booster doses.

• 09.00-13.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings, TN35 5BL. 12 and over. AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 09.00-12.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards, TN37 6DU. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 09.00-16.00 – Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6HB. Pfizer and Moderna. 12 years and over.

Sunday 27 March 2022
• 08.30-16.30 – Sovereign Harbour Community Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH. 12 years and above.

• 09.00-14.00 – Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6HB. Pfizer and Moderna. 12 years and over.

Monday 28 March 2022
• 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings, TN34 3PX. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 09.00-13.00 & 14.15-17.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards, TN37 6DU. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

Tuesday 29 March 2022
• 09.00-17.00 – Hastings Town Hall Priory Square entrance Hastings, TN34 1QR. Pfizer and Astra Zeneca 1st, 2nd and booster doses.

• 09.00-16.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings, TN35 5BL. 12 and over. AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings, TN34 3PX. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 11.00-16.00 – Denton Island Community Centre, Meeching Boat Yard, 1 Denton Island, Newhaven, BN9 9BA

Wednesday 30 March 2022
• 09.00-13.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings, TN35 5BL. 12 and over. AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings, TN34 3PX. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

Thursday 31 March 2022
• 09.00-16.00 – Laycock Pharmacy, 494 – 500 Old London Road, Hastings, TN35 5BL. 12 and over. AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 10.00-17.00 – Wellcare Pharmacy, 68 Malvern Way, Hastings, TN34 3PX. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

• 09.00-13.00 & 14.15-17.00 – Clarity Pharmacy, 28 Kings Road, St Leonards, TN37 6DU. Pfizer. 12 year and over. 1st, 2nd and booster doses if eligible.

Find out more about the Walk-in vaccination sessions on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

Simple steps to reduce risk of catching and spreading COVID-19

The Government has removed all remaining domestic restrictions in England, but COVID-19 has not gone away. There are still simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:
• get vaccinated against COVID-19 – everyone aged 12 and over can book vaccination appointments now
• meet people outside if possible
• open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
• limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places
• wear a face covering when it’s hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
• wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day

While there are cases of COVID-19 in the UK, there is a risk you can catch it or pass it on. You could still catch or spread it even if you’re fully vaccinated or have had the virus before. Find out more.

Free transport to help you get to your vaccination

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 or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first, then call 01444 275 008 to speak to a travel coordinator.
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.

 

Updated December 2021 – Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme

Across Sussex the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. We have been offering more than 80,000 appointments a week and in the last two weeks we have increased the number of available appointments by more than 10,000 a week. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.

We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.

All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with Seaford Medical Practice, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

See more about the vaccination programme in Sussex, including the vaccination services: COVID-19 vaccinations – Sussex Health & Care Partnership

 

Covid 19 vaccines and letters for boosters

We are aware that patients are receiving letters for 3rd dose Covid 19 vaccines and letters for boosters, as well as the public announcement to book your appointment if you are over six months. The practice is working with our local GP Federation South Downs Health and Care (SDHC).  They will be in contact with patients who are 6 months post second dose, or need a third dose, via text messaging or letters inviting you to attend the vaccination centre at The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Rd, Eastbourne BN23 6JH.  Please do not contact the practice as we have no further information.  You can email SDHC on sdhc.vaccinations@nhs.net or call 03301244002 or visit their website COVID-19 Vaccinations – South Downs Health & Care (sdhc.org.uk) for further information following your invitation.  Please be advised that SDHC are experiencing an extremely high volume of queries and we would ask for your patience at this time, so please wait for them to make contact with you.

The practice phone lines are extremely busy with regular practice demand – so please hang up if you are calling about COVID Vaccines.

Please click here for the latest news from the Sussex Health and Care Partnership Vaccination Programme, including Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here for a map to the Harbour Community Centre COVID Vaccination Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne, BN23 6JH

“NHS COVID Pass” (for travel etc): the “NHS COVID Pass” is available via the NHS App. Please click here for guidance “Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status” or click here for “NHS COVID Pass” web page.

If you are not able to access the App, you can ring 119 to request a “passport”. Please note that the “passports” are not available from Seaford Medical Practice.

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Booster Doses Update 22th September 2021:

The practice continues to work in partnership with South Downs Health and Care (SDHC) to provide our patients with COVID-19 Vaccines. This model allows SDHC to provide the Vaccination service in full and allows us to ensure that the practice continues to focus on patient care and continues to provide the significant number of appointments that we do every week for GP services.

The booster programme commences today and the key messages are:

  • Please wait to be contacted by SDHC or the NHS England Team, the practice team is unable to provide any further information or book you in directly for the vaccine
  • As with the previous vaccines those aged 80 years old and over will be invited first, working down the age groups to 50 years old, as well as those who are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group. The current aim is to have those aged over 70 years old vaccinated by 14th November and those between 50 – 70 years old by the end of 2021.
  • You will be invited by SDHC via letter (for those without mobiles), text messages or phone calls
  • If you are housebound and this is known to your practice, SDHC will be in touch with you to organise a home visit
  • Important – If you are unable to attend an appointment that has been given to you by SDHC, you do NOT need to take any action, you do NOT need to contact SDHC or the practice, patients who do not attend are contacted again in due course with another appointment.
  • The current location of the site is The Harbour Community Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Rd, Eastbourne, BN23 6JH. Plans are being considered to ensure those who may find it difficult to travel to the site can have local access, however this may take a few weeks to come to fruition and it is therefore advised that those who are invited and can travel to the site should do so to avoid any delays in receiving the vaccine

 

Update 18th May 2021:

As at today, 12,107 of our patients have received a COVID vaccination. If you are eligible for a vaccination, have not yet had one and would like one, please ring 119 to arrange an appointment.

Alternatively, if you are aged 40 and over and would like to arrange your 1st vaccination at Seaford Medical Practice, please email us at esxccg.smp-covidvaccine@nhs.net.

2nd doses:

Over 90% of our patients aged 65 or older have received both vaccinations. Good progress is being made by South Downs Health & Care (SDHC) GP Federation in giving 2nd doses.

Alternatively, if you had the AZ (Astrazeneca) vaccine and are now overdue for your 2nd vaccination (passed 12 weeks), you can arrange to have this at Seaford Medical Practice. Please email us at esxccg.smp-covidvaccine@nhs.net.

 

 

Update 22nd April 2021:

As at today 11,472 of our patients have received a vaccination.

2nd doses:

South Downs Health & Care (SDHC) GP Federation is making good progress in giving 2nd doses. For patients who received their 1st dose on or before 15th February, if you have not already been contacted by SDHC, they will be contacting you in the next 2 – 3 weeks, around the 11th week anniversary of your 1st vaccination. If you have not heard from SDHC by the 11th week after your 1st dose, please ring SDHC on 0330 124 4002 (please do not ring the Practice, as we cannot book appointments on SDHC’s behalf).

If you received your 1st vaccination in Seaford on 30th January or on 13th February, you should already have been contacted by us to arrange your 2nd vaccination.

 

 

Update 12th April 2021:

As at today, 11,415 of our patients have received a vaccination.

As mentioned below, the number of patients receiving a vaccination in the past few weeks has slowed down due to a combination of the very good take-up rate already and also a restriction on the supply of vaccines provided to South Downs Health & Care GP Federation (SDHC) by NHS England.

 

2nd Doses:

The supply of vaccines for 2nd doses has not been affected. Patients who received their 1st vaccination on 30th January 2021 or before should have received their invitation for their 2nd vaccination.

Patients who received their 1st vaccination at the Seaford Health Centre on 30th January have been invited by letter in for their 2nd dose at the Seaford Health Centre this Saturday, 17th April. We are this morning contacting some patients to change their appointment times in view of the Royal funeral on Saturday.

 

 

Update 29th March 2021:

As of this morning, 11,282 of our patients have received a vaccination. The number of patients receiving a vaccination in the past week has slowed down due to a combination of the very good take-up rate already and also a restriction on the supply of vaccines provided to South Downs Health & Care GP Federation (SDHC) by NHS England.

 

For patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition (Priority Group 6), 87% have so far received a vaccination.

77% of our patients with learning difficulties have now received a vaccination.

92% of patients aged 60 – 64 years (Priority Group 7) have received a vaccination.

87% of patients aged 55 – 59 years (Priority Group 8) have received a vaccination.

86% of patients aged 50 – 54 years (Priority Group 9) have received a vaccination.

 

1st vaccinations for patients aged 18 – 49 years have been paused on the instruction on NHS England, due to issues with the current supply of vaccines. The issues with supply of vaccines does not affect the expected vaccination dates of 2nd doses for those that have already received their 1st vaccination.

 

With regard to 2nd dose vaccinations, SDHC GP Federation is contacting patients who received their 1st dose 11 weeks ago (1st and 2nd week of January 2021). If you received your 1st dose then, you will receive a letter and / or text in the next few days.

 

If you received your 1st vaccination in Seaford on 30th January, we will be writing to you with the details of your 2nd dose appointment by the end of this week.

 

NEW SITE: As from 6th April 2021, SDHC GP Federation’s Vaccination Centre is moving to Harbour Community Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH. There is ample parking and a short walk to the Centre.

 

 

Update 22nd March 2021:

As of this morning, 11,068 of our patients have received a vaccination. This represents 71% of our patients who are likely to be eligible for a COVID vaccination (generally patients aged 18 years+).

 

For patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition (Priority Group 6), 86% have so far received a vaccination.

75% of our patients with learning difficulties have now received a vaccination.

90% of patients aged 60 – 64 years (Priority Group 7) have received a vaccination.

86% of patients aged 55 – 59 years (Priority Group 8) have received a vaccination, up from 75% last week.

82% of patients aged 50 – 54  years (Priority Group 9) have received a vaccination.

Our focus for 1st vaccinations remains for this week and next on our remaining patients with learning difficulties, patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition and patients aged 50 – 59 years.

With regard to 2nd dose vaccinations, SDHC GP Federation is contacting patients who received their 1st dose 11 weeks ago (late December / 1st week of January 2021). If you received your 1st dose then, you will receive a letter and / or text in the next few days.

 

 

Update from Sussex Health & Care Partnership: 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:
• 01444 275 008 for West Sussex residents
• 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 15th March 2021:

Over the weekend, we reached a great milestone, in that over 10,000 of our patients have received a COVID vaccination. This represents 2/3rds of our patients who are likely to be eligible for a COVID vaccination (generally, patients aged 18 years+).

 

As at today, 10,241 patients have received a vaccination.

For patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition (Priority Group 6), 85% have so far received a vaccination.

70% of our patients with learning difficulties have now received a vaccination.

90% of patients aged 60 – 64 years (Priority Group 7) have received a vaccination, up from 85% last week.

75% of patients aged 55 – 59 years (Priority Group 8) have received a vaccination.

Our focus for 1st vaccinations remains for this week and next on our remaining patients with learning difficulties, patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition and patients aged 55 – 59 years.

 

2nd Vaccinations:

From the 15th March 2021, South Downs Health & Care (SDHC) GP Federation 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. 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: sdhc.vaccinations@nhs.net

Vaccination Centre news:
In line with the Government’s plan to end lockdown, SDHC Federation has been asked to vacate the Sovereign Centre by 5th April to allow the leisure centre to reopen. A new location is being prepared and further details will follow shortly.

 

Please click here for the latest news from the Sussex Health and Care Partnership Vaccination Programme, including Frequently Asked Questions

 

If you have experienced suspected side effects from a COVID vaccination, you can report the matter to the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site . Reporting suspected side effects helps identify issues which might not have been previously known.

 

 

 

Update 8th March 2021:

As at today, 9666 patients of Seaford Medical Practice have received a COVID vaccination, up 700 from a week ago.

For patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition (Priority Group 6), 79% have so far received a vaccination.

67% of our patients with learning difficulties have now received a vaccination.

85% of patients aged 60 – 64 years have received a vaccination (85%).

Our focus remains for this week and next on our remaining patients with learning difficulties and patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition.

 

The Practice should be able to publish some information with regard to 2nd doses later this week.

 

Please click here for the latest news from the Sussex Health and Care Partnership Vaccination Programme, including Frequently Asked Questions

 

If you have experienced suspected side effects from a COVID vaccination, you can report the matter to the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site . Reporting suspected side effects helps identify issues which might not have been previously known.

 

 

Update 1st March 2021:

Today we have reached the milestone of 50% of our patients having received a COVID vaccination – 8967. We think this is an amazing achievement and, at the same time, recognise there is still a long way to go.

 

So far, 93% of our patients aged 65 – 69 years (Priority Group 5) have received a vaccination.

For patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition, 71% have so far received a vaccination (Priority Group 6).

79% of patients aged 60 – 64 years have also received a vaccination (Priority Group 7).

Our focus for this week and next week are to:

– give vaccinations to patients with learning difficulties,

– continue with vaccinations for patients aged 16 – 64 years with a serious underlying health condition and for patients aged 60 – 64 years.

 

There are some limitations on the supply of vaccines over the next two weeks, which will impact on the number of vaccinations SDHC Federation can give on our behalf.

 

 

Update 22nd February 2021:

As at today, 8282 of our patients have received a COVID vaccination, approx. 46% of our patients.

All of our patients within the Government’s top 4 Priority Groups were invited for a vaccination by the Government’s target date of 15th February. The vaccination update by patients in each of the 4 Priority Groups was over 90% by 15th February.

Vaccinations have continued since then and now 1231 (91%) patients aged between 65 – 69 years of age, the Government’s Priority 5 Group, have received a vaccination.

SHDC GP Federation, on behalf of the Seaford GP Practices, is now focusing on inviting patients within Priority Group 6, 16- to 64-year-olds with serious underlying health conditions. A high number of patients come within this Group, so invites will be sent out by SDHC Federation over the next few week. The number of invites sent out each week will be dependent on the supply of vaccines SDHC received from NHS England.

We continue to re-contact patients from Groups 1 – 4 who have yet to have a vaccination.

We are yet to hear when we will receive the vaccine supplies for 2nd doses. We shall keep our patients updated via our website. SDHC will contact patients individually when their 2nd vaccination can take place.

 

 

Update 12th February 2021:

As at today, 6142 of our patients have received a COVID vaccination, over 34% of our patients.

Our patients who are residents in care homes in Seaford (the Government’s Priority Group 1) have received a vaccination. For our patients aged 80+ (Priority Group 2), 98% of patients have received a vaccination; the remaining patients are either not currently able to have the vaccination or have chosen not to have a vaccination . As at today, over 90% of SMP patients aged 75 – 79 (Priority Group 3) have received a vaccination; all patients have been invited to have a vaccination. 78% of SMP patients in Priority Group 4 (patients aged 70 – 74 and patients that are clinically extremely vulnerable) have received their vaccination, up from 50% 7 days ago; all remaining patients have been invited to have a vaccination.

The majority of our patients who are housebound who want a vaccination have received their vaccination. We have about another 30 patients waiting to receive a vaccination, which should be completed by 14th February.

SDHC GP Federation is running a further COVID vaccination clinic at the Old School Surgery and Seaford Medical Practice sites on Saturday 13th February to give vaccinations to approx. 300 patients who cannot, for clinical reasons, travel to the vaccination centres in Eastbourne or Brighton.

 

With regard to 2nd dose vaccinations, SDHC GP Federation will be contacting patients in the coming weeks, probably about 10 weeks after their first vaccination. Please wait for the contact; please do not contact the Practice.

 

 

Update 5th February 2021:

As at today, 4700 of our patients have received a COVID vaccination (up from 2600 a week ago).

 

Nearly all residents and staff in care homes in Seaford (the Government’s Priority Group 1) have received a vaccination. The remaining residents will receive their vaccination by the end of Tuesday 9th February. For our patients aged 80+ (Priority Group 2), 95% of patients have received a vaccination; the remaining patients will receive the vaccination by 14th February. As at today, 88% of SMP patients aged 75 – 79 (Priority Group 3) have received a vaccination – up from 52% 7 days ago. 50% of SMP patients in Priority Group 4 (patients aged 70 – 74 and patients that are clinically extremely vulnerable have received their vaccination, up from 15% 7 days ago.

 

For our patients that are housebound, a vaccination exercise commenced yesterday and all patients should receive their vaccination by Thursday 11th February.

 

Through the excellent work of the SDHC GP Federation, supported by the GPs and staff in the two Seaford Practices, and other health and social care providers, we remain on target to meet the Government and NHS England target of vaccinating all patients in the Government’s top four priority groups by the 15th February target date – an amazing achievement.

 

 

Vaccination cards:

There is understandably some confusion around the matter of vaccination cards. There are two issues – (1) appointment card with details of your 2nd vaccination date and (2) a card for proof of vaccination.

With regard to appointment details for a 2nd vaccination, at present there is no certainty as to when a 2nd vaccination will take place. Current instruction from the Government / NHS England is that it should up to 12 weeks after the 1st vaccination. Most vaccination centres only know their vaccine delivery schedule 1 or 2 weeks in advance. This means, therefore, that they cannot plan future vaccinations with any certainty. Vaccination centres could make the decision that they think they will receive the required vaccines and, therefore, make bookings 12 weeks hence (and issue a 2nd appointment card). If they do not then receive the vaccines expected, then there is a big cancellation exercise that will be required. Alternatively, vaccine centres may prefer to leave it until they have certainty of vaccine delivery and then send out invitations at short notice via phone call, text, letter etc (and, therefore, not issue a card with a date for the 2nd dose at the time of giving the 1st dose). There is no right or wrong answer here, each has advantages and disadvantages. It is likely, therefore, that different vaccination centres will come to different conclusions about when to book 2nd vaccinations. The solution to this is to have a clear, reliable, long term schedule of vaccine deliveries for vaccination centres; but we are not at that point at present.

With regard to a card re proof of vaccination, a card given with details of a 2nd vaccination date is given as a note of when they received their 1st vaccine / will receive their 2nd vaccine. It is not intended to be used for any other purpose, or as an immunity certificate. All vaccinations are recorded on the patient’s record with their GP.

 

 

 

Update 29th January 2021:

As at today, over 2600 of our patients have received a COVID vaccination (up from approx. 1000 a week ago).

 

Most residents and staff in care homes in Seaford (the Government’s Priority Group 1) have received a vaccination and plans are being finalised for the remaining residents. Following tomorrow’s SDHC Federation vaccination clinics at the Seaford Health Centre and Old School Surgery site, over 1700 Seaford Medical Practice patients aged 80+ (95%) will have received a vaccination (Priority Group 2). As at today, 52% of SMP patients aged 75 – 79  (Priority Group 3) have received a vaccination and 15% of SMP patients in Priority Group 4 (patients aged 70 – 74 years and patients that are extremely clinically vulnerable).

 

A plan for vaccinating those patients who are housebound is being finalised.

 

The Patient Participation Group met on 26th January and had an in-depth discussion on the COVID vaccination programme. The minutes of the PPG Meeting are on the website.

 

 

Update 28th January 2021:

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) www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh4DLdKD6uw

• I have received a letter, what do I do? (animation) 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

 

Contacts for further information
Email us: sxccg.comms@nhs.net
Web: Sussex Covid-19 vaccination programme

 

 

Update 28th January 2021:

Warning re Possible 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

Contacts for further information
Email: sxccg.comms@nhs.net
Web: Sussex Covid-19 vaccination programme

 

 

 

Update 22nd January 2021:

As at today, over 1000 of our patients have received a COVID vaccination, including many patients in Seaford care homes.

 

We are pleased to say that a COVID-19 Vaccination clinic will be taking place in Seaford next week for our patients who are aged 80 and over.

 

We are planning for this to take place on Saturday 30th January at both the Seaford Health Centre on Dane Road and the Old School Surgery on Church Street, subject to vaccine delivery.

 

Appointments will be for our patients who are aged 80 and over, who have not yet had or yet booked a COVID-19 vaccination, as we work to provide this vaccination for the first priority group initially.

 

If you have not already had a vaccination or have not already arranged an appointment at Eastbourne, you will be contacted in the next few days to arrange your appointment.

 

We ask please do not contact the GP practice – you will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available.

 

If you are a patient who is housebound, home visits will be taking place so you can also receive this vital protection and separate arrangements are being finalised to provide you with the vaccination and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

 

This is a pilot clinic and we will be continuing to work with our South Downs Health and Care (SDHC) GP Federation to provide the COVID-19 vaccination for our patients as we start to invite the next priority groups for their vaccination.

 

From this week, the South Downs Health and Care GP Federation vaccination service will be based at the Sovereign Centre in Eastbourne (moving from Hampden Park). This will be the main vaccination service for Seaford patients.

 

The Sovereign Centre site is capable of receiving both the Pfizer vaccines and the Astra Zeneca vaccines, can operate 7 days a week and can accommodate a much higher number of patients per day.

 

Our strong advice remains that for those who receive an invitation to attend the Eastbourne Sovereign Centre vaccination service, and you are able to travel there, that you attend that appointment so you can receive this vaccination as soon as possible.

 

Following vaccinations in Eastbourne and our clinic on Saturday 30th January, we expect the majority of our patients aged 80 or over in Seaford will have received the vaccination, which is really positive for our patients and our whole community.

 

Phil Abbott, Business Partner

Seaford Medical Practice

 

 

 

Update 15th January 2021: 

Firstly may I make clear that the GPs at both Seaford Practices are fully committed to the COVID vaccination programme. The Seaford Practices were in the “early waves” of GP Practices signing up to be part of the vaccination programme. And one of our Seaford GPs, Dr Raj Chandarana is leading the coordinated vaccination programme being undertaken on behalf of both Seaford Practices and five Eastbourne Practices.

 

As at this morning, over 600 of our patients have received a vaccination. We are also making good progress in providing COVID vaccinations to patients and staff at care homes in Seaford.

 

The GP Federation providing the vaccinations has secured a bigger site in Eastbourne that will go live shortly. The bigger site, together with an increasing supply of COVID vaccines becoming available to us in the next two or three weeks, will mean that we can increase the number of vaccinations being given every day / week.

 

The two Seaford Practices and GP Federation are also continuing to work on being able to provide vaccinations from a Seaford site in the near future for those patients that are unable to travel to the bigger vaccination site in Eastbourne. Our strong advice for those who receive an invitation to attend the Eastbourne Vaccination site, and are able to travel there, is to attend that appointment so that the population as a whole can be vaccinated as soon as possible.

 

There is a volunteer car driver scheme run by Havens Community Cars. Drivers are DBS checked and provided with PPE (masks etc). If a patient does not have their own transport and cannot use train or bus to get to a Vaccination Centre, a patient can contact Havens Community Cars on 01273 918 226 (open between 9-3) or havenscommcar@gmail.com . There is a small fee to cover admin and petrol. This is a voluntary service run by a local Community Interest Company so they do not have an endless supply of drivers; the service should, therefore, be used by patients who cannot get to the Eastbourne vaccination centre in any other way. We hope this is a helpful service and we are extremely grateful to Havens for offering their services.

 

Your patience while we work through this challenge is very much appreciated. We would also politely ask you not to contact your GP Practice about the Covid vaccinations as we need the telephone lines to be kept open for patients who need medical help and support. We shall contact patients about their vaccination in the order set out by the Government (see update of 7th January below) over the coming days / weeks / months.

 

Phil Abbott
Business Partner, Seaford Medical Practice.

 

 

 

Update 14th January 2021:

Update on the East Sussex vaccination programme from East Sussex CCG

 

2021-01-14 East Sussex CCG COVID-19 stakeholder briefing

 

 

Update 7th January 2021:

Seaford Medical Practice is one of 2 GP Practices in the Seaford Primary Care Network (PCN) group of GP Practices.

 

The Seaford PCN, alongside the Eastbourne ALPS PCN (Arlington Road, Lighthouse, Park Practice, Seaside Medical Centre and Grove Road Surgery) are offering vaccines to our patient population through a GP Federation – South Downs Health and Care (SDHC).

Presently this vaccination service is based at Hampden Park Surgery in Eastbourne (Brodrick Close, Eastbourne, BN22 9NR), but we are hoping to secure a larger vaccination venue in the future. In addition to the Eastbourne location(s), we hope to be able to provide a vaccination site in Seaford in the near future, but we do not have a definite timescale on this yet.

 

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:
1. Residents in care homes for older adults and their carers
2. 80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. 75-year-olds and over
4. 70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. 65-year-olds and over
6. 16- to 64-year-olds with serious underlying health conditions
7. 60-year-olds and over
8. 55-year-olds and over
9. 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.

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.

 

Kind Regards

 

Phil Abbott, Business Partner, Seaford Medical Practice

 

 

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We are pleased to advise that our practice will soon be part of the national vaccination programme, which will also include mass vaccination, hospital and other settings where the vaccine will be made available.

We are following detailed National NHS guidance. In summary;

  • You will not be vaccinated at the Practice – this is because of issues with storage and transportation of the vaccines. We are asking our patients to attend a vaccination centre in Eastbourne. Details will be confirmed shortly.
  • You may be contacted direct by the vaccination centre – with our agreement and to help the practice manage the large volumes of calls we anticipate may be generated by this effort, it is likely that the vaccination centre (provided by our local GP Federation) will contact you directly to arrange your appointment
  • Patients will be invited for vaccinations in line with National guidelines, however due to the initial deliveries being small the groups who will be contacted to receive the vaccine first may have to be even smaller. Please be patient as we work through the priority list
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020
  • Please do not contact the Practice about appointment availability, we don’t have any further information at the moment and it make it more difficult for other callers to get through to us.

Other important information

  • The COVID vaccination is 2 vaccinations several weeks apart. Please remember that it is important to have both injections.
  • The vaccination cannot prevent an infection that you have already been exposed to, your body takes several weeks to build up immunity after vaccination
  • If you are unwell at the time you are invited for a vaccination your appointment may be postponed until you are better
  • You still need to take all the same preventative measures
     social distancing
     wearing a face covering
     washing your hands regularly
     not mixing

It is vital that everyone continues to take these precautions https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

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