Vaccinations for health and social care staff

How to book your COVID vaccination

You can arrange your vaccination in the following ways:

  • Attend a walk-in vaccination clinic. These are available across Sussex. You don't need to be registered with a GP. Simply turn up with some ID and your NHS number if you know it.  Find your local clinic.
  • Book an appointment either with your GP, through the national booking site or by calling 119. 

Visit: Sussex COVID vaccination programme for more details.

If you’re aged 40 and over, you can bring forward your second appointment to 8 weeks from the first. If you booked your first jab through the national booking site or by calling 119, go online or call again to bring your second dose forward.

Booking your booster jab

Frontline health and social care workers can now book a booster vaccination appointment online or ring 119.

You are a frontline worker if you work in a care home for older or working age adults, or if you provide face-to-face care or support to people at higher risk from COVID-19.

You can only book your booster appointment 180 days (about six months) after your second vaccine.

Mandatory vaccination of care home staff from 11 November

On Thursday 11 November, new legislation comes into force which requires everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated, unless they have a medical exemption.

People who have not yet had the vaccine must have received their first dose by Thursday 16 September to allow the 8 week gap between doses and ensure they are fully vaccinated by 11 November.

For further guidance, see: Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes.

Care homes: include vaccination status when transferring residents 

NHS East Sussex Healthcare Trust (ESHT) ask all care homes to ensure transfer documentation is completed when a resident is being transferred to a NHS setting. It should include:

  • vaccination status of the resident including 1st and 2nd dose dates
  • which vaccination was administered

NHS COVID Pass – showing your vaccination status

The NHS app can be used to show your COVID-19 vaccination status The government has published guidance on this:

For more information see: Managing your healthcare online – East Sussex CCG.

Queries about vaccination

Sussex Health and Care Partnership can answer general questions about vaccination. Email: 

For updated information and frequently asked questions about vaccination, visit: Health and care workforce vaccinations

Resources about vaccination

Vaccination briefings

Regular vaccination briefings for the independent care sector and stakeholders are published by Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

Videos about vaccination

The following videos provide further information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Explaining the COVID-19 vaccine
Dr Manon Ragonnet-Cronin, MRC Fellow, Imperial College London talks to those who work and support vulnerable adults about the vaccine.

Answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
Dr Ragonnet-Cronin answers key questions that health and social care workers may also find useful.

Fertility, pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine
Emma Chambers, Associate Director of Midwifery at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, addresses some of the concerns people may have around fertility, pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Accessible leaflets and resources about vaccination

A series of COVID-19 resources in a variety of languages and accessible formats are updated regularly at Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

Public Health England offer information in accessible formats including large print and braille versions of:

All of the leaflets have been translated into 18 languages and there are Easy Read versions and BSL videos.

Order paper copies of the leaflets and download the audio or video files from the Health Publications website. You just need to register and the service is free.

Vaccine communications resources

Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) have produced lots of useful information on vaccination including:

COVID-19 employer toolkit: resources to help reassure your staff about having the vaccine

Communications toolkit for colleagues working in Adult Social Care, including case study videos, blogs, and social media content in a variety of languages which you can use across your own channels.