Chichester District Council update on Covid vaccination arrangements

Published: 07 January 2021


We understand that many people are anxious at the moment and that they want to access the coronavirus vaccine as soon as they can. We wanted to let you know that we have been in contact with our NHS colleagues to ask for updates that we can help to distribute, to help to keep people well informed. We have been promised that a stakeholder update as well as a specific update on the situation in the district will be sent to us today. As soon as we receive this, we will share it with you. However, in the meantime, we thought it would be covering a few points and providing you with key contact details.

Vaccination sites

As a council, we have put forward sites for the NHS to consider. These include buildings we own and also sites that you and other partners have suggested. All of this information has been given to the NHS and it is for them to decide what is suitable. It is likely that some of these sites will come online further down the line, but it is for the NHS to decide which locations are suitable and when they may be needed. St Richard’s Hospital has been vaccinating people since Monday – we’ve heard that this is going very well – and we are aware that other sites are starting to come online across the district.

What to do if you or someone you know is due to have the vaccine

It’s really important that people wait to be contacted. The NHS is overwhelmed at the moment and so it is really important that people do not contact their GP surgery. The NHS is used to running vaccination programmes and so they have a clear strategy that they are following.

More details on the vaccination programme in Sussex can be found here: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/

The website also includes what to expect when you have your vaccination and a detailed list of FAQs, which can be found here: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/faqs-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/ This page also provides contact details if people have a question or want to give feedback - you may find this useful:

Email: sxccg.contactus@nhs.net
Telephone: 01273 238 725

National lockdown

It is really important that everyone is following the Government’s guidance to stay at home. The full guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home. If you are concerned about someone who is vulnerable, the Community Hub run by West Sussex County Council can be contacted at www.westsussex.gov.uk/covidcommunityhub or on 03302 227980. We will also shortly be relaunching our help your neighbour campaign, which can be found here: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/helpyourneighbour for those who want to help local neighbours and friends and we will shortly be releasing our updated community guide, which contains lots of useful numbers and websites, as well as guidance. I will be in contact again with the latest version very soon.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this and we’ll be back in touch with more information as soon as we have it.