What are the vaccination centre opening times?

We are open everyday for booked appointments between 08.30 and 16.30. Please find us at Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH (opposite the Asda petrol station).

Where can I park?

There is ample parking within the Sovereign Harbour car park.  Please DO NOT park by the roundabout.  You will be asked to move on and risk getting ticketed. If your mobility is significantly impaired please email sdhc.vaccinations@nhs.net for more advice

Can I walk-in without an appointment?

If its been 6 months/182 days since your second dose, you can walk in Monday to Saturday from 10 to 3.  We do reserve the right to close to walk-ins subject to workforce availability.  If it is busy you can book an appointment via NHS119.

I haven’t had my first and/or second dose. Can I be vaccinated at your site?

Yes, please do book an appointment or use the walk-in facility if you are 16 and over and have yet to have your first dose or it has been at least twelve weeks since your first dose (this now also applies for 16 and 17 year olds in terms of their 2nd vaccination).

I care for the person who has got an appointment. Can I get my booster at the same time?

Yes you can, if you are 6 months/182 days post second vaccine.

Who is eligible for a vaccine?

The booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

This includes:

  • people aged 40 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

16 and 17 year olds can now have the 1st and 2nd dose, as opposed to just the 1st now. The 2nd dose must be at least 12 weeks after the 1st vaccine.

Can I get a booster at five months post second vaccine?

You will only be able to receive your booster if it is 6 months (182 days) from your second dose, although you can arrange that 6 month appointment online 5 months (152 days) since you had your 2nd dose.  You will need to be:

  • aged 40 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19

You’ll be offered appointment dates from 6 months after the date of your 2nd dose.

Frontline health and social care workers can book an appointment online if it’s been at least 6 months (182 days) since their 2nd dose.

What vaccine do you use at your site?

We offer Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine.  This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.  Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/Comirnaty or Moderna vaccine.  If you have had an allergic reaction to the Pfizer / Comirnaty vaccine and would like to speak to someone before proceeding with your booking please email sdhc.vaccinations@nhs.net.

Can I have a flu vaccine at the same time as the COVID vaccine?

Most people who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine are also eligible for the annual flu vaccine.  If you are offered both vaccines, it’s safe to have them at the same time.

What if I have no means of getting to the centre?

Free COVID-19 vaccine transport for East Sussex residents is available to get to and from vaccination appointments.Please call 01444 275008 between 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 Monday to Friday.

I’m pregnant. Can I have the vaccine?

If you’re pregnant and have not had a COVID-19 vaccine yet, it’s preferable for you to have the Pfizer/Comirnaty or Moderna vaccine.  This is because these vaccines have been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and no safety concerns have been identified.  If you’ve already had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for your 1st dose and did not have any serious side effects, you should have it again for your 2nd dose.  The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

My vaccine wasn’t recorded on the system or my NHS app. What do I do?

If you had a vaccine at one of our centres (Hampden Park Surgery, Sovereign Centre or Sovereign Harbour Community Centre) that was recorded in error or not recorded at all, please let us know via email (sdhc.vaccinations@nhs.net) and we can update that for you. If it was a vaccine administered elsewhere, this will need to be requested from the centre you got the vaccine from or your GP.

Will my booster and/or third dose appear on my COVID pass?

The NHS COVID Pass can now be used to demonstrate proof of a booster or third dose for outbound international travel. Booster vaccination records are now visible through both the NHS App and on NHS.UK but will not immediately be available via the COVID Pass letter service. This will be updated in due course.

Please note that booster and third doses will not be added to the domestic COVID Pass as it is not a current requirement for individuals to receive booster doses to qualify as fully vaccinated.

For more information on the app, please see the website: https://covid19.nhs.uk/

For more information please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/