Preparations to launch the COVID-19 vaccination programme for people aged over 80 in Hailsham and the surrounding area are making good progress thanks to the extraordinary efforts of local NHS organisations.

GPs from the town’s three surgeries – Bridgeside Surgery, Hailsham Medical Group and The Quintins Medical Centre – are working in partnership with Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust to roll out the vaccination services.

Services will be provided from surgery sites in Hailsham as soon as vaccine supplies are received. Preparations are progressing with the aim that the first vaccinations will begin in the next two weeks subject to vaccine delivery.

This vaccination service will start providing vaccinations for people over the age of 80 registered with Hailsham GP practices.

The way in which the vaccination programme is being rolled-out has been agreed nationally and the fact that Wealden District, in which Hailsham sits, will have three vaccination services sites (the others are located in Uckfield and Crowborough, serving patients in other areas of the district) means the vaccination can be given to as many people as quickly as possible.

The timing for when people will be able to get their vaccination depends largely on the availability of the vaccine and the priority group they are in.

If anyone is concerned about how they will travel to get a vaccine during lockdown, it should be noted that, under the national guidance, it is permissible to receive a lift from someone or there are community transport providers offering this support in terms of transport for medical appointments. You can find information about community and non-emergency transport on the East Sussex County Council website, or call the community hub on 01323 443322.

People are asked not to contact your GP practice but to wait until you are contacted. You will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available for you.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the biggest immunisation programme ever undertaken by the NHS.  As we roll out vaccines, we’d like to remind people of 3 things:

  1. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please do not contact us beforehand.
  2. Please act on your invite when it comes.
  3. Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS.