Covid-19 Vaccinations in Burgess Hill
The GP practices in Burgess Hill and surrounding villages are working together to organise the mass vaccination programme for our local area.
Clair Hall Haywards Heath has been approved as the vaccination base for Burgess Hill residents.
There is a set order in which patients will be invited for vaccination, based on a person’s risk grouping calculated from their clinical record. This is set by NHS England and it cannot be changed by your GP surgery.
Our GP surgeries are working their way through thousands of patients so please DO NOT contact them about vaccination, they will contact you.
The set order for invitations is as follows:
1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. All those 60 years of age and over
8. All those 55 years of age and over
9. All those 50 years of age and over
To help pensioners and vulnerable people get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments, concessionary bus pass holders can travel for free in West Sussex before 9.30am from Monday 18 January.
TRANSPORTATION FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINATIONS FROM COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SUSSEX
Community Transport Sussex (Bluebird Community Partnership) have received funding from the Charities Aid Foundation Resilience Fund and the Sussex Community Foundation to provide up to 1500 free of charge journeys to Mid Sussex residents needing assistance to travel to their Coronavirus vaccination appointments. If you or someone you know has been contacted with an appointment, and are unable to arrange transportation to attend, you can contact them on 01444 471919 to book.
The minibuses are thoroughly cleaned between passengers, drivers will be wearing appropriate PPE, and safety procedures will be in place to ensure the journeys are as safe as possible for passengers. Transport is available to and from your home address. Availability of journeys is mostly between 10am and 2pm, due to driver schedules, however, if your appointment is outside of these times, you can still get in touch to discuss options.
This short video demonstrates the safety measures in place:
UPDATE FROM SILVERDALE GP PRACTICE – 1 MARCH 2021
‘All of the practices in Burgess Hill are being allocated a specific number of appointments based on their practice list size. This is so all the Burgess Hill and Villages PCN practices can invite patients at the same pace. This is being monitored by the PCN Clinical Director and the vaccination dashboard does show that this is working, as all the practices are very close in terms of the percentage of their eligible population which have been vaccinated.
The limiting factor for all Burgess Hill and Villages practice’s is the supply of vaccine to Clair Hall and every practice is managing to fill all their allocated appointments.
It is worth remembering that certain parts of the country started in different waves and that if people have friends or relatives in other towns they maybe ahead or behind Burgess Hill.
All practices are asking that patients please either wait for the national letter to book vaccines at the mass vaccination centres or the texts and phone calls from their practice in Burgess Hill’
UPDATE FROM SILVERDALE GP PRACTICE – 18 FEBRUARY 2021
“Silverdale and the practices of Burgess Hill are currently working our way through the next two groups which includes those aged 65 to 70 and those aged 16 to 64 who have specific underlying medical conditions. This means that there are a large number of people to invite, and we are limited by the number of vaccines being delivered to Clair Hall so it will take a little while to make sure everyone has an invite.
In addition to the local vaccination site at Clair Hall the central booking service are also sending out letters to people inviting them to book online or via a central booking telephone number. These appointments are normally in Brighton and Crawley.
There has been some changes recently specifically around those patients in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Group who should now be shielding until the end of March. The government will be writing to everyone in that group including some people who are going to be new to shielding over the next couple of days. In addition there have also been changes to grouping for patients with asthma where the advice has been more clearly defined to only include patients for vaccination in group 6 who are on continuous / regular oral steroids, or have been admitted to hospital due to an exacerbation of asthma.
Trying to make sure everyone gets an invite at the right time is a massive undertaking for the practice so please bear with us. We are also making sure newly registered patients and those coming out of hospital or who have been too unwell to have the vaccine earlier are contacted and to invite them again so that no one will miss out on the opportunity to be vaccinated. Collectively all of the practices in the Burgess Hill and Villages have offered the vaccine to everyone in the first four groups and over 93% of patients have taken up the invite and been vaccinated with their first dose.
The practices are now starting to organise the invites for patients due their second dose and people will be contacted approximately 11 weeks after having their first vaccine to book an appointment. Please do not call the practice to book these second vaccinations as we need the telephone lines to be available to continue working on all the other health matters that the practice team help with on a daily basis. We will contact you.
Lastly thank you to everyone who have sent messages of support such as the 9th Burgess Hill Guides who’s message to the team at Silverdale was lovely.