COVID-19 – Current Status

COVID-19 – Current Status

Latest Update 27th September 2021

Covid Booster Vaccinations

Booster Covid vaccinations are now available. These can only be booked if it is at least 6 months (180 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine. They are currently available for people over 50, frontline health or social workers or people under 50 with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid-19. The list of these conditions can be seen by clicking here Who is at high risk from coronavirus

Regardless of which vaccine you had for your first two vaccine doses the booster dose will be either Pfizer or Moderna. Locally the nearest two vaccination sites are the Hastings Centre and Tillingham Green in Rye

The practice will be arranging booster doses for housebound patients in the coming weeks and will let people know when these are going to be carried out

To book your booster dose please click on the link BOOK COVID BOOSTER VACCINATION

Covid vaccinations for 16 – 17 year olds

People aged 16 and 17 are now able to book their COVID-19 jabs through the National Booking Service on the NHS website

Text messages have been sent to eligible teenagers. Messages appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to make a booking.

Vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds

The Government has accepted the recommendation of the four Chief Medical Officers to agree to the universal offer to vaccinate 12 to 15 year olds.

  • This part of the programme will be led by the Immunisation Team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, which leads the regular school vaccination programmes.
  • The vaccinations will take place in schools and visits will start this week and continue over the next six weeks.
  • A full briefing will be shared with the details of the consent process being undertaken for this part of the programme.
  • More information is also available on our website : Vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds

Covid Vaccination Transport

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. 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?

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.

Face Masks

Despite the relaxation of facemasks in some areas from July 19th the advice from NHS England is that face masks should still be worn in general practice surgeries. Therefore we would ask all patients to continue to wear a face mask in the surgery unless you have an exemption

FOR UP TO DATE GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON COVID PLEASE CLICK ON Covid guidance

Covid Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. Therefore if you develop any of these symptoms please arrange a test as soon as possible

You can also click on the following link for more information on covid symptoms

Covid symptoms

For information on the management of mild covid symptoms please click below

Management covid symptoms

You can book a Covid test online or by dialling 119. Click on Covid Test for booking an online test