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People urged to protect themselves this autumn

A new film urges people to come forward for their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of the winter.

It comes as new research suggests adults are underestimating the combined threat of COVID-19 and flu this winter.

There could be a significant flu surge this winter coinciding with continuing or rising COVID-19 cases. This is due to colder weather which favours transmission, darker nights which mean increased social contact indoors where it is less well ventilated, and expected lower immunity to flu due to lower levels in circulation last winter.

A recent survey seeking views from 3,000 people found that nearly one third (32%) were unaware that flu and COVID-19 can circulate at the same time, over a quarter (26%) did not know that flu can be fatal and over half (55%) underestimated the number of people who die from flu in an average year in England (which is approximately 11,000).

The new film sees media medics Dr Amir Khan, Dr Dawn Harper and Dr Karan Ranj explain why it is more important than ever for people to get their winter vaccines as soon as possible this autumn, as both viruses have the potential to cause serious illness and hospitalisation.

Read more about our plans for the booster programme.

East Sussex pharmacist wins national award

East Sussex pharmacist, Hardik Desai, who runs the Ticehurst Pharmacy, has won a national award for his work as part of the vaccination programme.

He won the “Extra Mile Award” at the Independent Pharmacy awards, run in association with Independent Community Pharmacist magazine,

His nomination was for his work to set up the pharmacy-led Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ticehurst using the village hall as a clinic. He recruited and trained 40 local volunteers to help support the centre.

Later in May, with close colleagues, they supported the vaccination service at Tilling Green in Rye.

Congratulations to Hardik and the team!

Brand new town centre vaccination centre opens in Hastings

Residents in Hastings will be able to get their life-saving Covid-19 vaccinations at a new, central location from today at Hastings Town Hall.

Anyone who needs a Covid vaccination or is eligible to top up their protection with a booster, can attend Hastings Town Hall, Queens Square, Hastings TN34 1TL, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the following operating hours:

  • Thursdays 10am-4pm
  • Fridays 10am-4pm
  • Saturdays 10am-3.30pm

The new service opens up at a time where the local NHS is encouraging people to come forward for their second doses and booster jabs, if they are eligible.

Vaccination teams are ready to welcome people who need either their first, second or booster jab depending on eligibility:

  • First dose – anyone aged 16 or over who needs their first jab
  • Second dose – anyone aged 16 and over who needs their first dose, must be eight weeks after their first dose.
  • Autumn Covid-19 booster – must be six months after their second dose.

Anyone who is eligible can either walk in or arrange an appointment by calling 01424 236260.

We will also be updating our web page with additional pop-up sessions for Hastings and St Leonards, along with other sessions across Sussex, as soon as they are confirmed.