Vaccines start in Sussex - Today's coronavirus update

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Coronavirus alerts.

16 December 2020


This update is for members of East Sussex County Council and our partners

Vaccination programme starts in Sussex

vaccination programme

The COVID-19 vaccination programme has now started and GP surgeries in Sussex have started receiving and giving the vaccine.

Eight local vaccination services go live today and tomorrow in the first phase of GP-led services for our local population.

Each vaccination service is being supported by one or several GP practices, with their teams working collectively to vaccinate patients at these sites. Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the vaccine.

The sites that go live today are the first across Sussex, but more will launch over the coming weeks with more GP practices contacting patients to invite them in for their vaccinations. People are asked NOT to contact their GP surgery so that their practice team can focus on arranging the vaccinations and provide day to day for all of their registered patients.  

The NHS is now asking the public to do three things to help:

  • The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please be patient.
  • Act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointment.
  • Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS.

In East Sussex the following surgeries are among the first to be involved:

River Lodge Surgery, Lewes

  • Foundry Healthcare Lewes

The Meads Medical Centre, Uckfield

  • Bird-in-Eye Surgery
  • Buxted Medical Centre
  • Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre
  • Mid-Downs Medical Practice
  • The Meads Surgery

For more information about the vaccination programme in Sussex please visit: Sussex vaccination programme

Changes to self isolation rules

self isolate

As of Monday (14 December) the amount of time people are required to self isolate has changed - from 14 days to 10 days. For more information visit:

We continue to urge residents to book a coronavirus test if they develop symptoms, no matter how slight.

Opening hours at The Keep

The keep

Following a review of the findings of the public consultation into opening hours, detailed on-site surveys, a review of comparable Accredited Archive Service hours, and a revised Equality Impact Assessment, a reduction in opening hours at The Keep has been agreed.

The new hours at the county archive centre and record office have been designed to have the least possible impact on visitors and it will remain open to the public five days per week but with slightly shorter hours than previously.

The new opening hours will begin on 6 April 2021. The Keep will be open 10am-4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am-1pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, and will be closed on Mondays.

These changes will support the medium-term financial sustainability of the centre, while maintaining public access to the archives. The website and online catalogue are available 24 hours a day and the team will be available to answer enquiries via email and telephone six days per week.

East Sussex - latest Covid-19 cases


The number of new cases in East Sussex has continued to rise and, after months of being well below the England average, the local rates are now comparable with the national figures.

The latest stats show a rate of 183 new cases per 100,000 population in East Sussex while the rate for England is 184.

The figures reported below show the number of new cases for the latest 7-day period available.  For comparison, the figure in brackets is the number of new cases in the seven day period covered by the previous update.

Source:   15 December, 2020

Table: Total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Sussex in the seven days leading up to 10 December


     No. new of cases                

  Rate per 100,000 population






                103 (77 previous update)

            99 (74 previous update) 






                368 (187) 

            397 (202) 






                78 (44) 

            75 (43) 






                249 (160) 

            259 (166) 






                221 (187)

            137 (116) 












East Sussex

         1,019 (655 previous update)

           183 (117 previous update)






         103,557 (86,142)

           184 (153)





You can also see fuller context for East Sussex and commentary from the Director of Public Health in the weekly bulletin published each Friday.

ESCC help and advice webpage

Coronavirus alerts.

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Visit: Coronavirus - help and support

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