Second dose Covid jabs: Mixed news for Uckfield area

News here of the second dose jabs for people in the Uckfield area and what’s happening with today’s ‘back to school’.

Covid-19 jab

Second dose Covid-19 vaccinations due to take place in Uckfield this week look set to go ahead.

These are planned for tomorrow and Wednesday (January 5 and 6) for patients who were immunised on either December 15 or 16 at the Meads Medical Centre.

People should attend for their scheduled appointment times.

Delay looks likely for second jabs

However, the Meads said, it is “highly probable” that the ‘second dose’ clinics scheduled for Sunday, January 10, and Tuesday, January 12 will need to be postponed. 

The news follows a Government decision to have a 12-week gap between doses of the Covid vaccine instead of the original interval of three weeks.

Meads said in a statement: “We will be gathering as a team on Monday [January 4] and will work out new logistics for any patients affected by the postponement of clinics. 

“We are hopeful that we will have received all of the information we need from NHS England by then to be able to give patients affected by the changes greater clarity about their individual arrangements. 

Vaccine delivery ‘cancelled’

“This is a huge administrative and logistical exercise and we thank patients for bearing with us.”

In a separate statement, Buxted, East Hoathly and Horam Medical Centres said: “Delivery of the Pfizer vaccine for the clinic on Sunday, January 10, has been cancelled. 

“As soon as a new delivery date is confirmed, we will contact all affected patients with details of the new date and time they will receive their second dose of the vaccine. 

“This will be within 12 weeks of receiving their first dose. The vaccination clinic planned for Wednesday (6th) is still going ahead as planned.”

GP surgeries working together

Doctors surgeries in the Uckfield area are working together to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to patients.

The Meads Medical Centre, in Bell Farm Road, is the vaccine site.

Working in parternship are Mid Downs (Newick), Buxted Medical Centre, Bird in Eye Surgery, and Herstmonceux Medical Centre.

Eighty-year-old Brian Harrison is given his Covid-19 vaccination by Dr Andrew Duckworth at the Meads Medical Centre.

The first patient to be vaccinated was Brian Harrison (80), of Piltdown, who received his jab at 7.40am on Tuesday, December 15.

See our report here

Schools update

The return of pupils to school is a developing story. The new school term begins today (January 4).

Special arrangements are in place.

The infographic on this page from the East Sussex County Council website shows what is expected to happen.

Some schools will be having an in-service training (INSET) day on Monday, January 4. 

Schools in parts of the county will be operating ‘emergency closures’.

We will update this story if we learn of any in the Uckfield area.

See also:

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