And don’t forget the Sovereign Centre…20,000 vaccinations and still going!

Dr Raj Chandarana, GP at Old School Surgery in Seaford at the site for South Downs Health and Care GP Federation, said “It has been absolutely amazing to be able to offer so many people this vaccination and the vital protection it provides them. Each person has a story and by seeing them all come through our doors we can see the difference this vaccination is making to our patients and to our community.

“We moved just three weeks ago now to the Sovereign Centre, and it has been great to take on the space at the leisure centre while it is closed to its normal customers because of lockdown. It offers us more space, allows more people to attend, and has ultimately helped us to reach this incredible goal.  

“But the work is not yet done and really we are only at the start of this programme. We have been delighted to support our most vulnerable patients by offering this vaccination and we will continue to be here, working tirelessly as a team to continue the roll out as we move to the next priority groups.”

Mark Cannon, the chief executive of the federation, said, “This is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved. Eastbourne Borough Council couldn’t have been more helpful.

“Having this space has allowed us to reach this milestone as it provides us with the space we need to continue with this really important programme. Without this site we wouldn’t have been able to reach this milestone so quickly, nor have been able to deliver 1,800 vaccinations in one day, the record for the site so far.”

The vaccination centre serves seven GP practices in Eastbourne and Seaford

Open from 8am to 8pm daily, the federation has now completed invitations for all of the top four priority groups, with vaccinations at the centre including housebound residents and even a 100-year-old war veteran.

Eastbourne council’s cabinet member Margaret Bannister said “This is remarkable progress and more than we could have ever hoped to achieve in just a few weeks.

“We are proud to be supporting the South Downs Health and Care GP federation and would like to thank all of the volunteers and NHS staff who have helped to reach this impressive milestone.”

Mark Cannon said, “We have recently written again to all those aged 70 and over who have not yet had their first vaccination, and encourage them to attend the appointment offered.

Pictured is the Sports Hall where it all happens