Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme

Across Sussex the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months. 

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. We have been offering more than 80,000 appointments a week and in the last two weeks we have increased the number of available appointments by more than 10,000 a week. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December. 

We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days. 

All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with <insert name of the GP practice>, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

See more about the vaccination programme in Sussex, including the vaccination services: COVID-19 vaccinations - Sussex Health & Care Partnership (


The GP’s at The Haven seek to encourage every eligible patient to have their free flu jab this year. Perhaps you are delaying booking an appointment until more is known about the Covid-19 booster programme, or you are hesitant because there were very few cases of flu last year and you feel fit and well at the moment? You may be waiting for more information from the government or from other reputable sources? In any case, our sincere advice to our patients ,is that you should pre-book your flu vaccination appointment as soon as possible.

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Any patients who are seen in the Practice now need to wear a face covering or mask if asked to attend an appointment. 

We are now offering  Video Consultations as well as Telephone Consultations to our patients.  When your appointment is booked we will send simple instructions on how to use.  Please refer to our Online Services tab with step by step instructions.

Childhood Immunisations

Is your child protected?  

We understand that many parents have concerns about Immunisations. The Nurses are happy to discuss these with you before you make any decision about immunising your child.  We also have leaflets and resources to help you to make a decision.  

We have also included information leaflets on Vaccinations and what to expect to help you make a decision:

Immunisations up to a Year Old Baby

Immunisations at a Year Old At a Year

Immunisations Pre-School Pre-School

The vaccination jabs which children receive in their early years – between birth and when they first go to school – are very important in helping them build protection against infections such as meningitis, diphtheria, polio, measles and mumps.  

These diseases are in circulation and an infection can cause serious complications, particularly for a child.  It is not only the child who is protected, vaccination programmes protect the whole population by making it harder for a disease to spread to others.  

It is particularly important children are fully up-to-date with all their jabs before they start school for the first time, which is when they come into contact with more potential sources of infection. 

The vast majority of parents do ensure their child has been fully protected, but there are many children who are missing doses and are therefore at risk.    

More information is available on the NHS Choices website and, if in any doubt that your child is missing important vaccinations, you should speak to one of our Practice Nurses. 

Play your part and help spread the message to family and friends and help to ensure children are fully protected.

Vaccines don't overload a child: watch animation video here.

Vaccination tips for parents and carers:

Click here for practical advice for parents who want vaccinations without tears, including how to dress your child and choosing pain relief.  You can also find out which vaccinations are offered on the NHS and at what age they should be given to protect your child.

Click here for a video from CBeebies 'Get Well Soon' Programme. Information from the website states -

'Get Well Soon' is an innovative and fun factual entertainment show, which aims to enlighten CBeebies’ young audience about health and medical issues in an exciting and informative way.

Presented by real-life paediatrician Dr Ranj Singh, the series will help children to understand their bodies and to see the medical world as an environment in which they feel safe.

What to expect after vaccinations:

Click here for a useful leaflet that describes the common side effects of vaccinations that may occur in babies and young children up to five years of age.

NHS Vaccination Schedule

        Babies under 1 year old

A table showing when vaccines are offered to babies under 1 year old



8 weeks

6-in-1 vaccine
Rotavirus vaccine

12 weeks

6-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose)
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose)

16 weeks

6-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose)
MenB (2nd dose)

   Children aged 1 to 15

A table showing when vaccines are offered to children aged 1 to 15



1 year

Hib/MenC (1st dose)
MMR (1st dose)
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (2nd dose)
MenB (3rd dose)

2 to 10 years

Flu vaccine (every year)

3 years and 4 months

MMR (2nd dose)
4-in-1 pre-school booster

12 to 13 years

HPV vaccine

14 years

3-in-1 teenage booster

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