Our PCN vaccine site at Perrymount Hall in Haywards Heath (formerly Clair Hall) Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3DN.
Nationally the vaccine is being rolled out in waves with the hospitals and large practice based sites being prioritised in the first waves. It is now our turn to get started and we are excited to be able to start inviting our patients in Group 2 (over 80s, frontline health and care staff), as well as organising for our care home residents and staff (group 1) to receive their Covid vaccinations.
We are working collaboratively with the rest of the Burgess Hill and Villages PCN (Primary Care Network) and our GP Federation, Alliance for Better Care. By working together we can deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible from a centralised site. We are working as fast as we can to deliver vaccines to our patients, as soon as we have confirmation of our next delivery we will book patients in. We do not have control over how many vaccines are delivered to us and when, we can only therefore book patients in when we know we will have the vaccines to give.
How are we contacting you?
Invitations will be sent via text message to those patients that we hold a mobile phone number for, this will include a link for you to access a direct appointment booking. Please use this as soon as you receive the text message. The remaining invitations will be generated via a telephone call from our team, for patients that don’t have a mobile phone or access to the internet.
All patients registered with us as housebound will be vaccinated by a centralised team once they have access to the Oxford vaccine, which can more easily be stored and transferred.
We are receiving a huge number of calls from patients anxious about Covid vaccinations, meaning that patients calling with an urgent medical need are having to wait longer to get through to us. If you have questions regarding the Covid vaccinations please initially refer to our website https://www.browmedicalcentre.nhs.uk/covidvaccinations or NHS information https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
If you have a question which is not addressed from the information available then please feel free to contact us, you can submit an E-consult via our website or send an email to: WSXCCG.email@example.com.
We will let you know as we have further updates, and thank you for your support and patience in the meantime,
From the GP Partners and Team at The Brow Medical Centre
When will I be vaccinated?
To enable everyone to get the vaccine in a safe and controlled way, a prioritisation list has been established with care home residents and staff and older people among the first to receive it.
The current vaccine (Pfizer) is complex as it needs to be stored at very cold temperatures and moved carefully in large doses. For the moment the MHRA hasn’t authorised splitting up those doses so they need to be stored and administered via hospital ‘hubs’ and Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
We are working with our colleagues within our PCN to establish how best we can safely deliver the vaccine to the most at-risk groups, including those aged 80 and over and health and social care workers.
How will I know when I will be able to get vaccinated?
We will contact you when you are eligible to be vaccinated and inform you of the location and date. You will also see messages in your local community. You will be able to book an appointment, either using an online or telephone booking system so that you can choose the right time and location to attend.
When will I get a second ‘booster’ dose?
The current guidance from NHSE is that the second dose will be administered within 12 weeks of the first dose. We will contact you to book a second appointment nearer the time.
What are the priority groups?
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (excluding pregnant women and those under 16)
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
- rest of the population (priority to be determined)
Where will I be vaccinated?
The NHS has well-established ways of delivering large-scale vaccinations across the country, for example the annual flu jab and routine immunisations for children and pregnant women, which are primarily led by GPs and community pharmacies and often delivered using local facilities. The delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme will build on these. Given the current requirements for social distancing, and the number of people covered, you will be asked to attend Perrymount Hall in Haywards Heath, which will be our designated vaccination centre and will enable people to be vaccinated safely.
Which vaccine will I be given?
The vast majority of patients in the first groups will be given the Pfizer vaccine. There continue to be a number of other vaccines being developed and trialled, we don’t yet know which of these will be approved for use or when this might happen.
Any vaccines that are available will have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people can be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it is worth their while.
Can Pregnant and Breastfeeding patients have the vaccine?
The advice from PHE as of 13/1/21 is that if you are pregnant you should not be vaccinated unless you are at high risk – you can be vaccinated after your pregnancy is over. If you have had the first dose and then become pregnant you should delay the second dose until after the pregnancy is over (unless you are at high risk). If you are pregnant but think you are at high risk, you should discuss having or completing vaccination with your doctor or nurse. Although the vaccine has not been tested in pregnancy, you may decide that the known risks from COVID-19 are so clear that you wish to go ahead with vaccination. There is no advice to avoid pregnancy after COVID-19 vaccination.
There are no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in breastfeeding or on the breastfed infant. Despite this, COVID-19 vaccines are not thought to be a risk to the breastfeeding infant, and the benefits of breast-feeding are well known. Because of this, the JCVI has recommended that the vaccine can be received whilst breastfeeding. This is in line with recommendations in the USA and from the World Health Organisation. If you are breastfeeding, you may decide to wait until you have finished breastfeeding and then have the vaccination.
Adults with severe and profound learning disabilities, and those with learning disabilities in long-stay nursing and residential care settings, should have already been offered the vaccine in priority group 6. However, as GP systems may not always capture the severity of someone’s disability, JCVI supports the plan to invite anyone on the GP Learning Disability Register – as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy – for vaccination as part of priority group 6.
Covid vaccination leaflet (Easy Read)
What to expect after your vaccination (Easy Read)
Brighton Centre free parking for vaccinations
Anyone receiving their COVID-19 vaccination at the Brighton Centre will be entitled to one hour’s free parking in the Churchill Square Orange Car Park (located in Regency Road East BN1 2RU). The 1 hour/60mins free parking begins from the minute you enter the car park. Any additional parking will be charged at normal rates.
In order to ensure everyone stays safe, please follow these instructions to claim your hour’s free parking while you have your vaccination:
- Park in the orange car park (Churchill 1), which is located in Regency Road East, BN1 2RU. The vehicle height restriction is 2.13 meters
- Enter the car park via lane 1 (left hand lane)
- On arrival take a ticket from the car park barrier
- Explain to the Churchill Square Security Officer that you are attending the Brighton Centre for a COVID-19 vaccination. You will need to provide proof of vaccination appointment for that day (showing the confirmation you have received on your phone is fine).
- The security officer will then validate your ticket.
Further information about the vaccination service at the Brighton Centre, including information in different languages and a video on what to expect if you are vaccinated there.