Vaccination teams from GP-led services and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex have met the government target to vaccinate older care home residents by the end of January 2021.
A small remainder of homes in Sussex have had visits deferred for safety reasons, following a risk assessment, during local outbreaks. These homes – as well as any other residents or staff that were unwell or unable to have a vaccine at the vaccination team’s initial visit, will be visited as soon as possible.
Older people in care homes are one of the top priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine due to their high risk from coronavirus. In Sussex, we have one of the highest numbers of nursing and care homes per capita across the country and so this was a significant undertaking.
NHS staff were the first to receive vaccinations in the hospital hubs. There are 70,000 NHS and care worker staff who need to receive the vaccine in East Sussex. Care Home staff are being vaccinated alongside residents are or via the hospital hubs. This will include agency, domiciliary and nursing staff.
Thank you to all of the NHS and Caring staff who are doing such an amazing job.
From 13 January care staff have been invited to book their appointments at hospital and further information can be found at this link https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/workforcevax/
Self-employed care workers and personal assistants (ie those not registered with an agency or care home should contact East Sussex County Council to arrange for a vaccination appointment. More details are at this link https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/providers/covid-19-asc/pa/