Healthwatch Bulletin - Health, Social Care and COVID-19 (26.2.21)

Welcome to our Healthwatch bulletin. This week we have provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, a vaccine 'Fact Check' guide, and our regular bulletin on health, social care and COVID.
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COVID-19 vaccinations

Data published by NHS England showed that 536,081 vaccinations were delivered in Sussex up to 21st February, with 71,821 delivered in the last week of that period. read the Vaccine Update to learn more about the success of the roll out so far, as well as key information about getting your vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccine 'Fact Check'

You've probably read a lot of things about the coronavirus online, but not everything you have seen is true.

We have created a Healthwatch webpage that provides accurate advice about the COVID-19 vaccines. If you have concerns about having the vaccine, or unanswered questions, then do please read the information provided, and take a look at the guide which is attached at the bottom of this page.

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Your views and experiences

We want to hear about your thoughts and experiences about the vaccination programme in Brighton and Hove.

Your views on the vaccine and vaccinations for COVID-19

  • Are you happy to receive a vaccination?
  • Do you have any concerns?
  • Would you like to know more?

Personal experiences of the COVID-19 vaccination process 

  • How was it for you?
  • How it could it be improved for others?
  • Do you feel safer?
  • Will this influence how you behave?

Please take 10-15 minutes to tell us via the questions below, or you can take the survey by accessing this link:

Take the survey

Updated guidance on seeing a dentist

We continue to hear from people who are experiencing difficulties finding an NHS dentist. Last week we received further information about additional NHS services that will be available from 27th February. We have updated our webpage and guide for patients with more information

Vaccinations for people with a learning disability

People on the GP Learning Disability Register are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccination as part of priority group 6. If you have a learning disability and want the vaccine, urgently talk to your GP to make sure you are registered. Read more about the Learning Disability Register from Mencap.


COVID-19 cases in Brighton

In the seven days up to 19th February (based on data published on 23rd February) we had 146 confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove. This is 27% less than the previous week and equivalent to a weekly rate of 50 per 100,000 residents. This is lower than the rate for England, and the South East.

Whilst the government has shared their plan for gradually lifting the lockdown in England, restrictions will only be lifted if we keep the virus under control. So please keep following the guidance, get tested, and book your vaccine as soon as you are able to.

The government has launched a new campaign encouraging the nation to keep going and stay at home.

Read about the number of cases in our city


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Healthwatch bulletin 26.2.21
COVID Vaccine update 26.2.21
COVID Fact Check

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