|Focus remains on vaccinating all over 80s
In Sussex, The NHS remains focused on vaccinating the first priority cohorts recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). These are residents and staff in care homes for older people, those aged 80 and over, and frontline health and care staff.
We know the recent news that the over 70s could now be vaccinated caused some confusion and concern among those who are waiting to receive an appointment. While the change gives us valuable flexibility to ensure that no appointments or vaccines go to waste, we are still very much focused on the first priority cohorts.
Nationally, the most recent published data shows that just over half of over 80s have received their first vaccination, so no one should be concerned if they have not yet been contacted. In Sussex, we are working to vaccinate all over 80s by the middle of February.
One of the ways we’re getting the vaccine to the over 80s is through our roving delivery services.
Many of our GP-led services, and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, have been taking the vaccine to residents and staff in care homes for older people in recent weeks. We have made great progress on this and are on track to have visited all these care homes within the next week.
That means we will soon have more roving services available to vaccinate those over 80s who are housebound. We are developing our plans to ensure that all housebound patients have been identified and have a vaccination visit scheduled.
Additionally, for those over 80s who are willing and able to travel for their vaccination, we will soon have more options available in Sussex as we expect the first of our large-scale vaccination centres and community pharmacy-led sites to come on-line over the coming week.