West Wittering Parish Council


Latest News about local Vaccination Centre

Friday, January 22, 2021
Selsey Medical Centre's latest update can be found HERE.

See HERE for the news from Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

We also update from time to time other sources HERE.

Recently appointed Vaccination Champion, Jim Robertson, has provided the following updates on the vaccination programme.

From: jim.robertson151@gmail.com <jim.robertson151@gmail.com>
Sent: 09 February 2021 12:09
To: jim.robertson151@gmail.com
Subject: Over 70??

Please pass on to your networks just in case anybody missed yesterday’s news

If you are OVER 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable and have NOT been contacted to book your COVID 19 vaccination, please can you email your name and preferred contact number to ipc.covidcatchupchichester@nhs.net OR call 119

Please do not contact unless you are OVER 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable.



From: jim.robertson151@gmail.com <jim.robertson151@gmail.com>

Sent: 27 January 2021 12:24
To: jim.robertson151@gobmail.com
Subject: Update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme

Please pass on to your network the latest update attached.

I have also set out below a list of questions I have received together with NHS answers in RED, all concerning “Invites for your vaccination”  

  • My next do neighbour is over 90 and has not been called yetthey absolutely will be, no one will be forgotten. The team is continuing to call people in for each session as delivery of vaccine is confirmed. We expect that the first four priority groups to be completed by mid Feb so still a couple of weeks to go.
  • I am  housebound who do I tellyou will be recorded as housebound on your GP practice list. If you are not recorded as housebound on your GP patient list and you cannot get to a vaccination service please tell the team when they contact you and they will mark this on your notes and ensure it is recorded for your gp practice.
  • My mother over 85 is staying with me how will she get a callif she is registered with a GP practice locally she will be contacted by the service as they make appointments for the vaccination sessions. If she is not registered in the area but is staying with you, she can register as a temporary patient at a local GP practice and then she will receive the vaccination through their arrangements (their local services)
  • I am down staying with my mother as she has broken her leg – do I get my jab here or back in London – who do I let know. Either, you can either stay registered with your GP practice and receive it back in London or register temporarily with a local GP practice and receive it through their arrangement/service
  • I changed my phone number who do I tellyour normal GP practice
  • My phone has a blocker on it – how do I know the people who will invite methey will try and call, but if they can’t reach you they will text and then write a letter if they can’t reach you by those channels
  • I have had my 1st jab how will they know when to call me. You are recorded on the system and will be called back for an appointment within the 12 week period.

 hope this helps The NHS  regularly updating their central FAQs which cover lots of these as well – so this may be helpful:


 Best Wishes



From: jim.robertson151@gmail.com <jim.robertson151@gmail.com>
Sent: 18 January 2021 20:14
To: jim.robertson151@gmail.com
Subject: Covid-19 Selsey Vaccinations Centre

Hi All – (Please forward this update to your respective groups of households – thank you)

Now that I am fully certified!! (see attached NHS Vaccination Champion certificate received today & Purpose and role) - I was able to make a visit to the Selsey Vaccination Centre to get the answer to some of your questions being thrown back at me over the weekend.

At 15:30 this afternoon (Wednesday, 18th January) I was fortunate to meet Mark (Admin)  at the Selsey Vaccination Centre and get these genuine FACTS!!

  1. Being invited to have a vaccine:-
    1. The NHS is using an independent company “Innovations in Primary Care” (IPC) to invite patients to the vaccination centres.  So if they call you then it is genuine.  
    2. Initially the local surgeries were also helping but now they are only using IPC.  At the point of overlap (today) there were more queues than normal (maybe 20 people)
    3. The invitations are not by alphabetical or age order – they are almost random.
    4. If you are called and there is no reply they include you in the calls the next day.
    5. No one will be missed out in each cohort
    6. If you get the call and you have no means transport from friends or family then see attached “Transport for those without……
    7. If you are genuinely housebound and cannot travel to the Selsey or Tangmere Vaccination  Centres then let IPC know and they will put you in touch with the appropriate people for the roving vaccinations.
    8. I understand that the majority of the people in our area – SW Manhood Peninsula  - will be called to Selsey Vaccination Centre
  1. Information to bring with you to the Vaccination Centres:-
    1. Your NHS number is helpful and might save some time
    2. You will also be asked about any allergies you have.
    3. You will be asked for your Name, Date of Birth, & Post code
  1. Progress
    1. They completed their training and setting up the vaccination centre on Friday 15th January and commenced vaccinations on that day.   Tangmere is one day ahead of Selsey.
    2. Today the Selsey team  used up their first batch of 975 doses (based on 5+ doses per vial).  In actual fact they can sometimes get 6 doses per vial so that amounts to more than 1000 people who have received their jab since Friday.   Each batch has to be used up within 3 ½ days
    3. The majority of these doses have gone to the 80+ cohort 2 (see attached phased priority groups for Covid-19 vaccinations), but some have been used on NHS staff and vaccinators in the centre.  The 80+ cohort 2 will continue all this week.
    4. At 11:00 hrs today the next vaccine batch of 975 doses arrived, just in time, as planned.    This should last until Friday.
    5. Currently the Pfizer vaccine is being used, and the constraint on speed of vaccination is due to the slow rotation of each vial 10 times immediately before it is used.
    6. There have been very few no-shows of patients and absolutely no vaccine has been wasted.  
    7. This could all change if/when the AstraZeneca vaccine is used in Selsey.
    8. I have asked for and have been promised a weekly progress update of cohorts and numbers vaccinated.
    9. For your awareness, roving GPs are concurrently  visiting Care Homes vaccinating Cohort 1 with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
    10. For your information, you have a 15 minute sit down after the jab whilst you are being observed for any reactions
  1. Parking and waiting time & social distancing.
    1. Generally there has been no problem with parking.  The staff park their vehicles off the site.
    2. Queueing has not been a problem apart from the crossover of invites (see 1.b above).
    3. At times it looks like the outside queue is not social distancing and is much more than 20 people, but it is caused by partners or carers with the patients.
    4. Social distancing, hand sanitising and masks are stipulated throughout the centre.  Everything is clearly marked out and admin staff are there to welcome, check on your current health and guide you throughout -  all very efficient.
  1. Feedback from Patients after their vaccination
    1. All patients met were incredibly enthusiastic and impressed by the efficiency of the Selsey Vaccination Centre
    2. Everything was running very smoothly and it appeared that the optimum number of patients were being vaccinated.
    3. The majority of  patients found the jab quite painless as it is a very fine needle.
    4. You tend to have a sore arm the next day but it soon disappears.    ( One patient I know got very excited as he normally wakes up with bad arthritis  in his shoulder each morning and it had disappeared the first morning after his jab – unfortunately it returned on the 2nd morning!!)
    5. So far, all I have heard is praise for the way the NHS is now progressing the vaccinations!   Well done.

My observation is that we are now set up to make good progress (meeting Boris’s ambitious targets) all subject to vaccine delivery.

More local & NHS Sussex information can be found on these link:-  https://www.selseymedicalpractice.co.uk/covid-vaccination   and https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/faqs-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/

Many thanks to Mark (Admin) at Selsey Vaccination Centre for his factual information.

I hope this gives you all some comfort and minimises any anxiety you may have, and clears a few myths. You will get your jab very soon if you are in cohort 2 for 80+ .   Don’t miss out!

 Best wishes to you all.  Keep fit, healthy & safe


(apologies if you receive more than one of these updates due to overlap of groups – just delete it!)