We’ve added 4500 covid vaccination appointments at Northbourne Medical Centre over the festive period.
If we had a mobile number on your records we will have sent you an invitation by text. If we don’t have a mobile number for you or your relative, please ring your registered surgery to book an appointment and update us with a mobile contact.
Our staff are putting in many extra hours to protect our local community and we’d love to see you if you are due a vaccine.
The Government have instructed the NHS to prioritise services in primary care and across the NHS to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme until the 31st December. We will still be able to see urgent and emergency patients but some other appointments will need to be postponed. Since the announcement we have created over 2000 vaccination appointments, and are planning to make many more available. We will be texting all patients over 18 booking details. If you don’t have a smart mobile phone please speak to our receptionists to arrange your booster.
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 Adur Health Partnership’s four surgeries, there are no changes at the current time and you 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 (sussexhealthandcare.uk)
Adur Health Partnership are now delivering both the covid booster and flu vaccines. We are working 7 days a week, vaccinating patients on Saturdays and Sundays (8-2pm) so as not to disrupt our weekday care. Each weekend we are giving between 1000 and 2000 vaccines but even at this speed it will take quite a time before we can offer the covid boosters to all 15,000 eligible patients. We would encourage you to consider using the national booking system to arrange a covid booster at other centres such as Brighton when you get the NHS text or letter.
The booster is the Pfizer vaccine (now known as Comirnaty) and can be given from 3 months after your second dose. We are also delivering 1st doses, second doses and for some groups of immunosuppressed patients an early 3rd dose. Please click on the link for national guidance on eligibility for boosters: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/
We will invite patients through an Adur Health Partnership text or phone call so please don’t call in until you’ve had our invite. We have finished vaccinating our hundreds of care home residents and have vaccinated the majority of our bedbound patients who are unable to attend the Northbourne vaccination centre.
We would be very keen for anyone who hasn’t had their first or second doses to book in at this stage. Please contact the surgery and if you’d like, we’d be very happy to discuss any concerns which might have made you hold back.
Thanks for all your support at this difficult time.