Coronavirus: Petworth, Easebourne and Loxwood surgeries to assist delivery of vaccine this week

Three surgeries in the Chichester district are due to begin offering the Covid-19 vaccine this week.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 7:00 am

Loxwood Surgery, Riverbank Medical Centre in Easebourne and Petworth Surgery, will be supporting Pulborough Medical Group’s distribution of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, Sussex Commissioners has said.

It comes after NHS bosses said all teams are working to make sure preparations and checks take place ‘as quickly as possible’ for surgeries in Chichester and Bognor.

Sites in Chichester and Bognor are expected to go live in January.

People are being urged to wait until you are contacted, rather than contacting your local surgery for information. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in Sussex, surgeries in Crawley, Haywards Heath and Bexhill are set to start offering the vaccine this week.

A Sussex Commissioners statement read: “All sites will soon have gone live and be working at the same time as each other through the eligible groups for vaccination.”

The came following concerns that the vaccination process had been delayed.

However, Sussex Commissioners stressed that some sites in the county have been ‘easier to prepare’ and ‘so could go live more quickly’.

Other sites, meanwhile, have ‘needed more preparatory work’ to ensure teams can ‘safely offer the vaccine in line with national guidance’.

A spokesperson said: “The NHS is working extremely hard to get the vaccine to everyone who is eligible as quickly as possible.

GP practices are working with partners at pace to identify and prepare sites that are safe and suitable for this type of vaccination service so that patients can start to receive their vaccinations.”

The Observer understands that deliveries of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine are arriving to surgeries in batches of 975 and they have to be used over three days — with more than 300 people being vaccinated a day.

People are being urged to wait until you are contacted, rather than contacting your local surgery for information.

“You will be contacted by the first NHS service that can offer you the vaccine, whether that be at a hospital hub or a GP led vaccination service,” the spokesperson said.

“Please do not contact your GP or other NHS service to ask for the vaccine, you will be invited to receive it when it is your turn.”

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