Weekly Vaccine Update


Further to the report detailing what happens when going for vaccination, here is the latest from our local MP, Maria Caulfield:-
Another week has past and we are making more progress locally.
Covid cases are now 256 per 100,000 across the constituency which is a reduction of 33% on last week.
However hospital admissions and deaths remain high so we all need to stick to the restrictions to reduce spread further.
On the vaccination front, East Sussex is having huge success with over 12,000 vaccines being given every day across Sussex and our most vulnerable residents are getting vaccinated quickly.
So far;
* All care homes have now been vaccinated (unless residents have had covid recently)
* 86% of those over 80 have been vaccinated locally
* 78% of those over 70 and those who are clinically vulnerable have now been vaccinated
* Housebound residents are now being visited by the mobile vaccination team
* Care workers and NHS staff can access appointments via East Sussex County Council page here but you will need your ID badge to get your appointment.
Please do not worry if you have not been contacted yet as no one will be left behind. GPs are not organising the appointments so please don’t contact them even if they have a vaccination centre on site. When it comes to your turn you will be called by the vaccination hub and asked to come for your appointment.
Some people are getting letters from the mass vaccination centres in places like Brighton and Ticehurst and wondering what happens if you can’t get to these centres.
These appointments are in addition to the ones being offered locally so if you can’t get to these centres please wait for your local centre to contact you and you can go to these instead.
This week we have had the Welcome Building in Eastbourne added to the mass vaccination centre list and so if you get a letter your two nearest mass vaccination centres which you can direct book are the Brighton Centre and the Welcome Centre
Scams Alert 
We are seeing residents receiving scam alerts so please be careful. Cyber criminals are using the roll out of the NHS Covid-19 vaccine to target victims with convincing looking text messages.
The texts appear to be from the NHS and state the recipient has the opportunity to sign up for the vaccine.
The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details.
In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.
Remember, the NHS will NEVER ask for your payment details.
If you have received one of these scam text messages:
Do not respond or click on the link
You can report spam texts directly to your mobile phone provider.
All operators now use 7726 – with the exception of Vodafone who uses 87726 – as the short code to report spam texts which is free of charge.
It’s easy to remember as the number spells out SPAM on a mobile phone keypad. Once reported you should get an automated response thanking you for the report and giving you further instructions.