The NHS is offering 'quiet sessions' for people who may need more time to have their Covid-19 vaccine.

One-on-one care will be avaliable at three sessions across Brighton and Hove for all ages.

The sessions are for those who may need more time for their appointment, or who have extra needs where a quieter and calmer environment would help them.

These include:

  • People with learning disabilities
  • Neurodiverse people
  • People with extra access needs who are unable to use other vaccination services
  • People with severe anxiety who are unable to access the main vaccination centres
  • People who are over 16 and living with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s
  • People who are over 16 and are immunosuppressed

The sessions will have fewer and longer appointments to ensure the experience is dedicated to the patient's needs.

A spokeswoman for NHS Sussex said: “The quiet sessions allow us to give you much more time for your vaccination in a calm environment and to have one nurse per patient to support you throughout.

“When arriving at the quiet session, a nurse will greet each person at the entrance and support them through the venue to a quiet and private vaccination area.

"They will take you through all aspects of the process on a one-on-one basis, including clinical assessment and vaccination.

“Each person can bring a parent or carer who can be present throughout their journey. They can also have their vaccination booked at the same time if they are eligible and haven’t already received it."

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The centres will be fully accessible for wheelchair users, and free transport will be available for anyone who needs it.

First, second, and booster doses are all offered at the sessions which will take place later this month.

Children aged five to 15 can have their vaccine today at the Roundabout Children's Centre in Whitehawk Road between 11am and 3pm.

On Saturday, February 11, children and adults alike can get their vaccine at the Portslade Heath Centre in Church Road. Between 10am and 2pm, the centre is exclusively for five to 15-year-olds. After 3pm until 5pm, people aged 16 and over can have their vaccine.

Premier Hall at the Brighton Racecourse in Freshfield Road is host to the last quiet vaccination session on Wednesday, February 15. Children aged five to 15 can have the jab between 9.30am and 1.30pm, with people over 16 welcome between 2.30pm and 5pm.

Appointments are limited, and bookings can be made on 0330 303 8060.