The Meads Medical Centre working in collaboration with Mid Downs Surgery, Buxted Medical Centre, Bird in Eye Surgery and Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre have been approved to deliver the covid vaccine to eligible patients as part of the NHS' first phase of delivery.
There are strict rules regarding when a person can be vaccinated and due to the nature of the vaccine and the logistical operation, the invitations to receive a vaccine may arrive at very short notice.
For latest information about our covid vaccination programme please look at our Facebook page which contains up to date, timely information about the covid immunisation programme as well as other practice news.
The link to our Facebook page can be found here
Arrangements at the Meads Medical Centre during covid clinics
Marshalls will be present in our car park and will direct patients to the surgery reception. All patients and any accompanying carers arriving at the surgery should adhere to 2m social distancing at all times. Should the Meads car park be full on arrival the marshalls will direct cars to the overflow car parking arrangements at TR Fastenings, just across the road on the Bell Farm Industrial Estate. The location of TR fastenings will be very clear from the signage available.
There are a limited number of disabled bays available in the Meads car park.
Once inside the surgery your temperature will be taken using an ear thermometer and you will then be asked your name and invited to join our queue. It is unusual for the queue to take longer than a few minutes. Whilst you are standing in the queue, if you are able you will be asked to remove any outdoor coats and cardigans in order to reduce contact time with the Clinician in one of the vaccination rooms. When you are at the front of the queue a marshall will advise which room you should go into where a Clinician will then ask you various questions about the covid vaccine in order to ascertain whether you are clinically suitable to receive it.
If you receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccination then once you have had your jab you will be asked to sit in our waiting room for fifteen minutes. It is possible that you will be asked to wait in our outside gazebo which whilst it does have heating and lighting can still be a little chilly. Please bring plenty of warm layers.
If you receive the Oxford vaccine current NHS guidance is that you will be able to leave immediately after you have received your vaccine however, you should not drive for fifteen minutes post your jab.
You will receive an immunisation card recording the vaccine that you have received.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Meads Medical Centre.
There are many people to vaccinate and the vaccination campaign is likely to take a period of months. We will be running day to day GP services alongside our covid immunisation clinics.
The priority list as advised by NHS England is as follows:
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
If any of our patients are housebound and cannot come to a vaccination service, there will be home visits for you which at this moment in time (mid January 2020) we believe will be run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. These are currently being planned and you will be contacted as soon as possible.
Further information about who is eligible to receive a covid vaccine and in which order of priority can be found at the below web link:
Priority groups for covid vaccination
We will be sure to make efforts to contact each eligible patient when their cohort is due to be vaccinated. Please could we ask you to remain patient and wait to receive your invite before making contact with the surgery
Further information above vaccines currently being used for covid immunisations can be found at
Covid 19 vaccination- a guide for adults