Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Foundry Healthcare Lewes is excited and privileged to have been one of the initial three GP sites in East Sussex to offer the Covid-19 Vaccine.

As per guidelines from Public Health England, we have begun by administering the vaccination to the first tier cohort of patients, starting with patients over 80yrs with chronic medical conditions. If you are a Healthcare or Social Care worker please read on for further instruction.

Appointments are being made by invitation only at this stage. Those eligible patients in will be contacted shortly by our team. This will either be by text or e-mail, with a request to accept the appointment within 24hours, or for those who do not have the facility to receive text or e-mail, contact will be made by telephone.

Please continue reading for further information about the vaccine, including the advised reading material for those who have booked appointments, alongside answers to some common questions.

The local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have produced a series of FAQ’s that you also may find useful, and have set up a dedicated email address for your queries. Please email all enquiries regarding the Covid-19 vaccination to sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net.

As mentioned on other areas of our website we cannot answer queries as to when the vaccine will be available to you. We are updating our progress below and ask that you check here regularly for all vaccination updates.

Additional information about the Covid-19 vaccine can be found at here on the NHS website.

 


 

We would like to share some of the messages of support from patients who have now had their vaccination, along with some very valuable feedback. You can read a selection of these messages by following the link below.

Patient Testimonials

Which Priority Group is currently being contacted for vaccination at Foundry Healthcare?

We are continuing to prioritise, patients in Group 1, Care Home Residents and their Carers. As well as those over 80years of age and frontline Health and Social care workers in Group 2. All eligible patients in these groups have now been offered an appointment.

We have begun inviting eligible patients in Group 3, patients 75 years and over. All our patients are regularly accessed by our clinicians and have been banded in Red, Amber or Green categories. We have begun by prioritising Red patients as they will be most at risk due to their health conditions, following which we will contact those in the Amber category, and then the Green.

So far we have administered 2,909 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to patients in the above mentioned groups.*

We hope to publish further figures relating to our roll out of the programme, so please continue to check here for further updates.

Please note: We are receiving a high volume of calls in relation to the vaccine programme, please do remember that we will contact you to arrange your appointment as soon as we can, patients are being called in by age and risk factors.

*this information is correct as of 16:20, 19.01.2021

I am a Healthcare / Social Care worker working in Sussex, how can book a Covid-19 vaccination?

All Health Care and Social Care staff in Sussex are instructed to book an appointment for vaccination at one of the hospital-based vaccination sites below.

  • Eastbourne District General Hospital
  • Hastings Conquest Hospital
  • Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
  • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
  • St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
  • Worthing Hospital
  • Mill View Hospital, Hove
  • Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead

To receive your vaccination at these sites, you must present photographic staff ID when you attend along with confirmation of your appointment, which will be provided when you book.

If you do not have photographic staff ID, you should bring alternative photo ID (e.g. passport, photo-card driving licence, or a national ID card) with a payslip or letter of authorisation from your employer.

You must have a booked appointment. Do not attend without one as you will not be vaccinated without an appointment.

Bookings are to be made through the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website by following the link below*

*Note: Sussex Health and Care Partnership are currently revising the management of their bookings. Foundry Healthcare does not have control over appointment bookings through this site, so cannot advise on availability. We ask that you check their website regularly for updates.

To book an appointment

I am a Carer for a Family member or Friend, when will I be eligible for the Covid-19 Vaccination?

We have received queries from a number of individuals who are sole carers of family members asking about their eligibility at this stage of vaccination.

With current guidelines, our priority is to vaccinate the most vulnerable in the community and those who work in healthcare settings that mean they have multiple contacts with vulnerable patients.  As such, if you are a sole carer you will receive an invitation for vaccination when your own priority group* is being called to attend.

*Information regarding the priority groupings can be found above.

Please continue to check here for further updates.

I am a Teacher or Public Sector Worker, when will I be eligible for the Covid-19 Vaccination?

We understand recent media coverage has suggested that Public Sector Workers, including Teachers, could be added to the priority grouping in further phases of the rollout of the vaccine.

NHS and Government guidance however, as issued by the JCVI, regarding the vaccination of set priority groups has not been updated. We have not received any correspondence to confirm that Teaching Staff are now to be included in any of the first wave priority groups.

Should this change, we will ensure the relevant information and guidance for booking is uploaded on our website.

Please continue to check here for further updates.

Why do I have to wait for my Covid-19 vaccination?

This leaflet has been produced to offer explanation as to why you may need to wait for your invitation to be vaccinated, including information on why the vaccine programme is being offered to patients in age order, as well as  to key frontline staff.

When will I be given an appointment for my 2nd dose of vaccine?

Guidelines for the administration of the 2nd dose of the vaccine has changed. You will now be offered an appointment for your 2nd dose of vaccine up to 12 weeks after the 1st.

This is a national change and has been done to make sure as many people can be offered a good degree of protection as quickly as possible.

Why have others had their 2nd vaccination after 3 weeks, when I am now having to wait up to 12 weeks?

Our first cohort of patients were offered two vaccines three weeks apart before the guidance changed; therefore it was appropriate to use clinical judgement and continue to offer this second vaccination.

Going forwards we will be using the national guidelines and offering one vaccine with second vaccine up to 12 weeks later in order to protect as many of our patents as quickly as we can. The supplies we are given will not enable us to deviate from this in any circumstances.

Further information can be found here.

Can I have the vaccination if I am Pregnant, Planning a Pregnancy or Breastfeeding?

There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant. But more evidence is needed before you can be routinely offered the vaccine.

The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you’re pregnant and:

  • at high risk of getting coronavirus because of where you work
  • have a health condition that means you’re at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus

You can have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re breastfeeding.

Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine with you.

You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

I have a history of allergic reaction, can I have a Covid-19 Vaccination?

Following reports of a small number of reactions to the Pfizer Vaccine we have been advised not to offer this vaccine to anyone with a history of very severe allergic reaction.

Those patients who have had an anaphylactic or serious reaction to a medication or food, or have need to carry an Epipen will be offered the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine instead.

Guidelines however are continueously changing. Please continue to check here for updates.

This leaflet explains the what you should expect following your vaccination.

 

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