Covid vaccination update 21/01/2021

We wanted to let our local community know how our covid vaccination programme is going.

We are part of the Wave 5 group of GP surgeries who have started offering covid vaccinations.  Since our first delivery at the beginning of January we have vaccinated over 2,500 people across Shoreham and Southwick (we cover an area of 36,000 patients).  We are receiving weekly deliveries, but not on the same day and the number of vaccines (and manufacturer) does vary from week to week.  We have no control over this, and often have only a few days notice to book in hundreds of patients in to our clinics.  We are being careful to ensure social distancing for all our patients and staff, and our clinics often run from 8am until 8pm, and over weekends.

We now have a dedicated in-house bookings team, and we will phone you as soon as we have a delivery of vaccines and can offer you an appointment.

We are vaccinating patients in strict priority order, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  We have vaccinated almost all over 80 year olds who are not housebound (there is a separate service for housebound patients, which is supposed to be delivered by our local community trust – we are following up regularly with them regarding their plans and time scale for vaccination for our housebound patients).  We have also vaccinated 400 care home patients and staff and all of our own staff.  All other local health and social care workers are now invited to book a vaccination at one of the hospital-based vaccination sites across Sussex: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/workforcevax/ (don’t forget your ID!).

The next group of patients who can expect a phone call from us will be aged over 75, and then we will move on to the over 70s and those who are in the clinical extremely vulnerable category.  We are working really hard to get to you as quickly as we can, and we will be sure no one gets forgotten (even if you rarely come in to the practice usually).  We will keep trying any remaining patients who are over 80 who may have missed calls, or if there has been any confusion at the time of call, we will call again.

We are running a clinic on Saturday 23rd January, and more clinics on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th, Sunday 31st January, and Tuesday 2nd February 2021, and by the end of these dates we should have vaccinated another 2,000 patients.

As a newly merged practice made up of Harbourview Healthcare, Manor Practice and Northbourne Medical Centre, we are so proud how our teams have come together quickly to be able to support the vaccination programme.  In fact, we are ahead of the national picture due to the hard work of our staff in settling this up as soon as possible.  And we must offer very big thanks to all our volunteers who have helped.  It really has been a team effort and we have been overwhelmed by the lovely messages of support from our local community.

Together, we all play a vital part in helping to beat this virus.  Don’t forget to keep washing your hands, wearing your face covering, and keeping a safe distance.