Residents are set to benefit from more local vaccination services in the community run by family doctors and their teams opening in Sussex.

Princes Park Health Centre in Wartling Road and Hampden Park Health Centre in Brodrick Close Eastbourne have started to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to those who are at most risk and who have been invited by their GP first.

People are asked not to contact their GP surgery so that their practice team can focus efforts on arranging the vaccinations and provide day to day for all of their registered patients. The local NHS wants to reassure everyone that they will be individually contacted when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.

The go live of the two new vaccination services is the latest stage of the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. This follows nine vaccination services launching in Sussex last week leading the first phase of GP led services for local residents.

Each vaccination service is being supported by one or several GP practices, with their teams working collectively to vaccinate patients at these sites.

At the vaccination services, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine.

Today’s milestone marks significant work from GP practice teams across Sussex to work rapidly over the last weeks to plan for the vaccination programme, redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.

More sites will launch over the coming weeks with more GP practices contacting patients to invite them in for their vaccinations.

Allison Cannon, Chief Nursing Officer at Sussex Commissioners, said:

“It has been incredible to see the efforts of GP practices and teams across Sussex coming together to work collectively to prepare for today and I am proud of everyone who is involved.

“Just as with our hospital colleagues, GPs and their teams have been planning for this alongside providing day to day care for their patients and delivering the flu campaign, which demonstrates just how important this is.

“We won’t be vaccinating everyone all at once – it will be a relatively small number at first – but this is a phased roll out to reach everyone, and I would urge everyone who is contacted to attend your appointment and receive this important protection.”