Issue 21 May 2021

Matters

Think carefully to avoid the spread of Covid-19

Protect against Covid-19West Sussex took a significant step towards normality when many businesses were able to reopen more fully and close contact between friends and family was allowed again from 17 May.

But people have been asked to think carefully to ensure the most vulnerable avoid unnecessary exposure to the ongoing risk of Covid-19.

West Sussex Director of Public Health, Alison Challenger, said: “The latest easing of restrictions from 17 May, in line with the government’s roadmap, is testament to everyone who has followed the guidelines during the pandemic.

“Some restrictions still apply though, and we must continue to protect the most vulnerable from the ongoing risk of Covid-19.

“People have been given the personal choice whether or not they resume close contact with family and friends. But it is a choice that should be made carefully as close contact, including hugging, increases the risk of spreading Covid-19.

“The best way we can keep ourselves and others safe is to take free lateral flow tests to ensure we are not spreading the virus, and to get vaccinated when we are eligible.

“We should also remember to keep washing our hands regularly, wear a face covering when required, keep socially distanced from others where possible and let in fresh air. These simple steps make a big difference in stopping Covid-19.”

You can find out how to order or collect free lateral flow tests for people without symptoms of coronavirus on the West Sussex County Council website.

You should self-isolate immediately if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 and book a free test as soon as possible via the NHS website or by calling 119.

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When will I get my jab?

You will probably be very keen to get your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. 

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

It’s being given to:

  • people aged 32 and over
  • people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • eligible health and social care workers
  • unpaid carers

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)

Plans are already being put in place for rolling out the vaccine to the next priority groups. If you are not in the groups described above, you will be contacted at a later date once you become eligible.

Find out more about when you’re likely to be invited, how you will book your appointment and where you can get your jab at When will I get my jab? | Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk)