The new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is being rolled out to General Practice led vaccination services in Sussex today making it easier to protect care home residents and other vulnerable people against Covid-19.

The vaccine has been trialled at selected hospitals in the country for surveillance purposes, including the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, before being sent out to community-based local vaccination services.

Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved, the Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move, making it easier to use in care homes and to vaccinate the housebound.

The rollout comes after the vaccine was approved for use outside of hospitals by the four Chief Medical Officers and NHS England’s Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis.

Care home residents cannot travel to hospital for a jab and Pfizer is difficult to get to hospitals so the decision will speed up the drive to vaccinate them.

Care home residents and staff were set as the highest priority group by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

In addition to the Oxford jab, local vaccination services are being issued with small packs of Pfizer jabs which can be used in care homes.

When the vaccine was first issued it had to be shipped in “pizza boxes” containing almost 1,000 doses, meaning that care homes could not be jabbed without wasting supplies.

Where are vaccinations happening in Sussex?

In Sussex, six hospital hubs and 15 GP led vaccination services have gone live to date, with eight further GP led vaccination services going live over the next three days.

Next week, there are further GP led services in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme will be expanding over the coming weeks and months as more vaccine becomes available. This will include:

  • Hospital hubs
  • GP-led local vaccination services
  • Establishing larger vaccination centres
  • A roving service to take the vaccine into care homes and people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site.

A priority in the NHS planning is to ensure that it is as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated when it is their turn.

Current hospital hub sites

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
  • Eastbourne District General Hospital
  • Conquest Hospital, Hastings
  • Worthing Hospital
  • St Richards Hospital, Chichester
  • Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath

Current GP led vaccination services

Angmering Medical Centre, supported by:

  • Coppice Surgery
  • Fitzalan Medical Group

The Beacon Shopping Centre, Eastbourne, supported by:

  • Victoria Medical Centre

Christ’s Hospital – Blue Coats, Horsham, supported by:

  • Cowfold Surgery
  • Rudgwick Medical Centre
  • The Courtyard Surgery
  • Village Surgery

The Glebe Surgery, Storrington, supported by:

  • The Glebe

Hampden Park Health Centre, Eastbourne, supported by:

  • Arlington Road Surgery
  • Grove Road Surgery
  • Park Practice
  • Seaside Medical Centre
  • The Lighthouse Medical Practice
  • Old School Surgery

Leacroft Surgery, Crawley, supported by:

  • Bridge Medical Centre
  • Langley Corner Surgery
  • Leacroft Medical Practice
  • Southgate Medical Group

The Meads Medical Centre, Uckfield, supported by:

  • Bird-in-Eye Surgery
  • Buxted Medical Centre
  • Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre
  • Mid Downs Medical Practice
  • The Meads Surgery

Park Surgery, Horsham, supported by:

  • Holbrook Surgery
  • Orchard Surgery
  • Park Surgery
  • Riverside Surgery

Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, supported by:

  • Dophins Practice
  • Newtons Practice
  • Northlands Wood Surgery
  • Cuckfield Medical Centre
  • Lindfield Medical Centre
  • Ouse Valley Practice

Princes Park Health Centre, Eastbourne, supported by:

  • Downlands Medical Centre
  • Harbour Medical Practice
  • Manor Park Medical Centre
  • Sovereign Practice
  • Stone Cross Surgery

Pulborough Medical Group, Pulborough, supported by:

  • Loxwood Surgery
  • Pulborough Medical Group
  • Riverbank Medical Centre

River Lodge Surgery, Lewes, supported by:

  • Foundry Healthcare Lewes

Saxonbrook Medical Centre, Crawley, supported by:

  • Bewbush Medical Centre
  • Coachmans Medical Practice
  • Gossops Green Medical Centre
  • Saxonbrook Medical Centre

Sidley Medical Practice, Bexhill, supported by:

  • Collington Surgery
  • Little Common Surgery
  • Pebham Surgery
  • Sidley Medical Practice

St Augustine’s Arts and Events Centre, Brighton, supported by:

  • Preston Park Surgery
  • Stanford Medical Centre
  • The Haven Practice
  • Warmdene Surgery