A tidal wave of Omicron


With the government launch on Monday of an “Omicron emergency booster national mission” to help protect the NHS, the ramping up of vaccinations is seen by many as an ambitious plan.

The NHS is now offering a booster to all eligible adults (over 18s) by the end of the year, brought forward from end January, as cases of the new variant increase rapidly.

With many vaccination centres already working at peak load across Sussex, the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme. In the run-up to Christmas this will be very challenging.

Already there are long queues outside many vaccination centres and the NHS vaccination booking website has been struggling to cope with the demand for jabs.

The drive for more vaccinations comes after advice from government advisers that two doses of vaccine are just not enough to give the level of protection that we all need. Therefore scientists believe that a third dose, a booster dose, is necessary to increase protection.

The vaccination offer

All adults (over 18) have been eligible to booster jabs since Monday, December 13, The guidance is that boosters can come three months (91 days) from the date of second vaccine.

Rye vaccination centre

In recent days we have been very busy at the Rye vaccination centre with 1,700 jabs delivered last weekend, where we prefer all patients to book via the national booking system. Our hours are on @ryepfizer.

With rising demand, all sessions are subject to change because of variable booking levels, staff availability and vaccine supply. We are receiving mixed and variable supplies of Pfizer, Moderna and now AstraZeneca. Patients with queries should ask the vaccinator. We are well prepared to discuss during appointments. Covid boosters now appear in the NHS app.

People in contact with the infected

Fully vaccinated people in England who have had contact with someone with Covid-19 should take a rapid lateral flow test every day for seven days, in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Other health services

In terms of planned appointments at GP practices, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend planned appointments as normal. If there is a need to make any changes, then the NHS will make contact directly.

See more about the vaccination programme in Sussex, including the vaccination services: Covid-19 vaccinations – Sussex Health & Care Partnership.

The Rye vaccination facility at the Tilling Green Centre is provided by Clarity Chemists supported by community volunteers.

Image Credits: Anthony Kimber .

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  1. I volunteer at Tilling Green Vax Centre and have to say how amazing all the volunteers, vaxers are as it is incredibly busy with queues most of the time. Cake and coffee always available if there is time to make it
    What does annoy me is B Johnsons mantra: “we are rolling out a great booster programme…..” sorry, it is ordinary people and already stressed nurses and doctors in hospital and across the country who are saving the community, not the government people or Johnson doing his ridiculous walk about in a vax centre. Giving over a cheque to buy the insulin doesn’t get it into the arms of people so I want to hear a bit more appreciation from the lot in their ‘tower’. People who are getting their jab are wonderful in voicing how glad they are we are there.

  2. Your doing a great job at the vaccine centre Heidi,but let’s not forget the government we’re first in line ahead of the eu,in getting us all vaccinated,give credit where it is due,once in a while.

  3. Tram Rd residents suffer antisocial behaviour every night as rother council remove car park gates today Saturday 18 December
    Please protest now


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