Covid-19 Vaccination Programme for Health and Social Care staff

With the expansion of vaccination capacity across Sussex, our two hospital vaccination hubs at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH will now focus on vaccinating the local health and social care workforce.

If you are part of the health and social care workforce in East Sussex your organisation will contact you with details of how to book your appointment.

Important

The vaccination hubs at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH are for people who work in health and social care services. Clients, patients or members of the public will be contacted separately as the vaccination programme moves through the nationally agreed priority groups.

Booking your appointment

  • You will need links to the booking system which will be given to you by ESHT, ESCC or your organisation
  • You will need your NHS number and contact details (mobile phone and email address)
  • After booking, you will receive confirmation text and email

Before your appointment

If possible, please print off the following three documents and bring them with you to your Vaccination appointment. This will help to speed up the process. If you don’t have access to a printer, you will be given the forms at the vaccination hub. Please bring a pen to fill them in!

Coming to your appointment

  • Please do not come to the vaccination hubs unless you have a booked appointment
  • Please remember to bring your work photo ID or an official work letter or payslip and photo ID
  • Bring a face mask or covering and observe distancing guidelines when attending the clinic
  • Bring a coat as there may be a chance you have to queue outside

After your vaccination

  • Like all vaccines, the Covid-19 vaccine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
  • Most side effects are mild or moderate and go away within a few days of appearing. If side effects such as pain and/or fever are troublesome, they can be treated by medicines for pain and fever such as paracetamol.
  • Once you have had the vaccine, there is still a chance you might get or spread coronavirus. It is vital that you keep following the Hands, Face and Space guidance and lockdown restrictions and rules

About the vaccine

At the hospital hubs at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH we are delivering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was the first Covid-19 vaccine in the world to be licenced for use. It has undergone rigorous clinical trials. More than 43,500 people participated in the trial participants, with around 30,000 receiving doses of the vaccine.

Results from the clinical trials suggested that two doses of the vaccine can prevent 95% of vaccinated adults from getting Covid-19 and that the vaccine works equally well in people of all ages, races and ethnicities.

Covid-19 Vaccine - frequently asked questions

With the expansion of vaccination capacity across Sussex, the vaccination hub at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH will now focus on vaccinating the local (East Sussex) health and social care workforce. This includes all members of staff from ESHT, care home staff, social services staff and NHS staff from partner organisations.

ESHT, ESCC or your organisation will send you details about how to book.

Please note your appointment may be changed or cancelled at the last minute because of vaccine availability. We apologise in advance if this affects you.

Make sure you click on the arrows to see the full set of appointments available. If there are no appointments when you look, please check back. We are adding appointments all the time and people do cancel.

It is really important that you include your NHS number when you book. You will also need your personal and professional contact details (email and mobile number).

Your NHS number is available on any GP or repeat prescription. NHS number is a unique 10-digit code that identifies patients who are registered with NHS. This could include appointment letters, test results, hospital referrals, or prescriptions.

When you book, you will be asked for a mobile number and an email address. This means that you will receive your appointment time and date via text message and email.

When you register for an appointment, you will need to input your mobile phone number. The text message that you receive confirming your appointment will have details about how to cancel it if you need to.

You are required to have two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and your next appointment, which will be confirmed by text message, will be within 3 and 12 weeks of the first dose. Your second dose appointment will be booked when you receive your first dose. It is important to have both doses of the vaccine to give you the best protection.

As part of your first appointment you will be asked to go through a pre-screening questionnaire to consent to having the vaccination. You can print off a Consent Form in advance and bring this with you, which will speed up your appointment time. If you don’t bring one with you, a consent form will be provided for you to read and complete.

The Vaccination Hubs are located in the Education Centre at Conquest Hospital (the building behind the main hospital) and the Staff Restaurant on Level One at Eastbourne DGH (close to the Polegate Ward).

Please bring with you your ESHT NHS or local healthcare provider photographic ID. If you do not have photographic ID, please bring confirmation of where you work like a payslip or a letter from your employer (on headed paper) and photo ID like a drivers licence or passport. Anyone not showing a valid ID will not be vaccinated.

More information

More information about the Covid-19 vaccination can be found at the following links: