Concessionary bus pass holders will be able to travel before 9.30am to help the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign.
From today (January 18), East Sussex County Council has temporarily relaxed the rules to help elderly and vulnerable residents travel to early morning vaccination appointments.
Cllr Claire Dowling, lead member for transport and environment, said: “The Covid vaccination programme is vital in the fight against the global pandemic that has affected so many in our county.
“We recognise the importance of our residents being able to travel easily to appointments to receive their vaccinations and will, with support from bus operators, relax the rules to support this.”
Travel should be for essential journeys only.
The relaxation of rules is expected to continue until school fully reopen.
More details will be available on the East Sussex County Council website with the information on bus services. [external link]
Covid-19 vaccination news
When it is your turn to be vaccinated, you will be contacted by the NHS.
Please, do not contact your GP.
The vaccination centre in Uckfield is, as previously reported, at The Meads Medical Centre for patients at the Bird-in-Eye Surgery, Buxted Medical Centre, Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre, the Meads Surgery and Mid Downs Medical Practice (Newick).
Wealden MP Nus Ghani said vaccination centres at Crowborough, Hailsham and Heathfield were getting under way.
She said: “I recognise that before more sites become available, some people will have to travel further than others to get their vaccination, depending on where they live in the local area.
“You may also be called to the hospital hubs in Eastbourne, Brighton or East Grinstead.”
Covid-19 scam alert
Some people are receiving suspicious calls, text messages and some face-to-face calls at the doorstep offering the Covid-19 vaccination.
Sussex Health and Care says:
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.
- The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
- The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
- At the moment we are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine and we will never come to your house without an appointment. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.