ALMOST 200 homeless people in the city have been given a coronavirus jab, as the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history continues.

Arch Healthcare, a group that helps homeless people in Brighton, is aiming to vaccinate 1,000 people over eight weeks.

The team is operating from a mobile vaccination unit, working with St John Ambulance, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and homeless charity Justlife.

They will be visiting key locations in the city in an effort to vaccinate the homeless.

Lead nurse Hannah Bishop told the BBC: "We know people experiencing homelessness have high levels of underlying health conditions, long-term conditions and mental health conditions which make it really difficult for people to access the mass vaccination sites.

"We really believe it's really important for everybody to have access to this vaccine."

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Everyone in the top four priority groups in Sussex has been offered a jab their first dose of the jab.

Brighton and Hove City Council also confirmed that the number of inpatients needing treatment for Covid-19 at local hospitals was on the decline.

It comes as the Prime Minister is set to reveal his roadmap to recovery including a return to school and outdoor socialising from March.

Socialising in parks and public spaces with one other person will also be permitted in a fortnight when the rules are relaxed to allow people to sit down for a drink or picnic.

The "rule of six" will return along with new measures allowing two households totalling more than six people to meet - giving greater flexibility for families and friends.

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts are also set to reopen at the end of next month.

And organised adult and children's sport - including grassroots football - can return from March 29.