Worthing GP Practices
Covid-19 vaccination programme – position statement as at Monday, 1st February
We are currently vaccinating the cohort of patients who are aged 75 and over plus any Health & Social Care workers who have not yet been vaccinated.
So far we have vaccinated approximately 15,000 people across Worthing with their first dose.
The following vaccinations sites are either vaccinating or expecting a delivery in the next 7 days
- Durrington Health Centre – 1400 doses to be given
- Strand Medical – 1300 doses to be given this week
- St Lawrence Surgery – 1300 doses to be given
Please note that you may receive a letter inviting you to the Mass Vaccination site at the Brighton Centre. These letters are being sent from another part of the NHS system and so you may receive on even if you already have an appointment at one of the local GP sites. If this is the case, please make sure you keep your appointment with us. Every missed appointment is potentially a wasted vaccine.
If you receive a letter but have not yet got an appointment locally, you can choose to wait for us to call you or attend as per the letter.
Patients in Care Homes
All patients in Care Homes have been offered the vaccine. Aside from homes where there have been active covid cases, all patients in care homes who wanted the vaccine have had their first dose
We started vaccinating patients who are housebound on 29th January and will continue to vaccinate these patients until everyone has had their first dose. We are working with Sussex Community Foundation Trust to get our housebound patients vaccinated as well as some of our own practice staff visiting to vaccinate some patients.
Frequently asked questions
All of the Practices in Worthing are working together to vaccinate their patients. We aim to provide a position statement as often as we can so that patients can be reassured that we are progressing and that everyone will be vaccinated according to Government guidance.
There are some factors that are outside of our control which may make it appear that we aren’t vaccinating as quickly as you might think.
- Currently, vaccines can only be given at a designated site which has been through an approval process and practices are being asked to work together – there are three vaccine sites in Worthing.
- For certain types of vaccine, practices that are not a designated site are not permitted to vaccinate at their own premises. However, their teams are working at vaccine sites.
- Practices do not currently have any control over when they get vaccine, what type of vaccine is delivered or how many doses – this is controlled nationally.
- We don’t get much notice of delivery dates/quantities – sometimes less than a week – this might mean you are called at short notice. This is also why we might be calling you in at weekends.
- We are contractually and legally required only to give vaccines to the groups of people who have been approved by the government led Joint Committee on Vaccinations & Immuinsations. We are not permitted to start vaccinating other groups until we are given authorisation to do so and until we have finished vaccinating the previous cohort.
- Getting this vaccine out is not done in the same way that we are able to run our flu clinics every year. The vaccine is not in a pre-filled syringe and has to be drawn up. The Pfizer vaccine is very sensitive and has to be handled according to strict guidance. This is why we do not have such a large volume of patients coming through the vaccine site as we may have during a flu clinic
Please be assured that the practices and our teams are working extremely hard to get you vaccinated as soon as we can. Many of our staff are working long hours. We won’t leave anyone behind and we are committed to giving the vaccine to everyone that wants it.
If you have previously been called about making an appointment and did not do so at the time, we will call you again unless you expressly told us you do not want the vaccine.
It is worth noting that what you see in the national media represents a national position and that there are local variances. Checking your practice’s website regularly will give you the most up to date information for this area.
We have given this message out before but please avoid calling your practice to ask about vaccines. We will do our best to show on this update which cohort we are on, if you are in a later cohort, we will be in touch when we are authorised to vaccinate you.
|Central Worthing Primary Care Network||Cissbury Integrated Care Primary Care Network||Coastal & South Downs Primary Care Network|
|Broadwater Medical Centre||Cornerways Surgery||Lime Tree Surgery|
|St Lawrence Surgery||Selden Road Surgery||The Barn Surgery|
|Victoria Road Surgery||Strand Medical|
|Worthing Medical Group|