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Update Etchingham COVID-19 vaccination service for people in rural Rother

By Nicola Boarer Battle Town Council

Wednesday, 27 January 2021


Battle Town Council Contributor


More than a thousand people have now received their COVID-19 vaccination at the new local vaccination service in Etchingham.

It is a partnership between Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and the following GP practices:

  • Fairfield Surgery, Burwash
  • Ferry Road Health Centre, Rye
  • Martins Oak Surgery, Battle
  • Northiam and Broad Oak Surgery
  • Oldwood Surgery, Robertsbridge/Battle Health Centre
  • Rye Medical Centre
  • Sedlescombe and Westfield Surgeries


The service is offering vaccination appointments to either permanent or temporary registered patients at the GP practices above in line with the national priority groups, starting with those who are over the age of 80.

Why get vaccinated

Getting the COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best defences against the virus. It should help reduce the rates of serious illness, reduce pressure on our NHS and social care services, and, above all, save lives. People’s GP practice may offer appointments by phone, text, email or letter.

The Etchingham site

We recognise that at the current time, some people will have to travel further than others to get their vaccination. This situation is rapidly changing and there may be an opportunity to set up more sites across our communities very soon. However, until then, Etchingham is our current site. We urge anyone who is offered an appointment there to take it up if they can.

Travel to the vaccination site

Please be aware that under government guidelines a family member or friend is permitted to take a person to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment, which is classed as an exemption as it is a ‘medical appointment’. Guidance on how to do this safely is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles (scroll down to ‘Car sharing’).

Information about community transport can be found on the East Sussex County Council website: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/public/communitytransport/guide/about/. Other options are being explored for those who cannot call upon friends and family.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the biggest immunisation programme ever undertaken by the NHS. As we roll out vaccines, we’d like to remind people of these things:

  • The NHS will contact people when it’s their turn. Please do not ask your GP practice about vaccinations but wait until you are contacted.
  • People will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available. Surgeries are as busy as usual looking after people, and calls about vaccinations are preventing them from doing so.
  • Please act on your invitation when it comes.

When going for a vaccination

  • People are asked not to arrive early for appointments. Arriving on time will help manage numbers at the site and help to keep everyone safe.
  • Always remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS.

Contact Information

Nicola Boarer

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