Young Healthwatch have been talking to local young people across East Sussex about their views and experiences of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, developing key findings and linked recommendations for those co-ordinating and delivering these services locally.

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Young Healthwatch have been talking to local young people across East Sussex, using deliberative engagement methods and exciting research methods co-designed by our team of young volunteers, to find out more about:

  • Young (16-17) People’s patient experience and feedback for the health system across Sussex
  • Young People’s fears, worries, concerns and suggestions for the East Sussex vaccination programme
  • Young People’s co-produced suggestions for methods to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake among youth communities in East Sussex


Included in this report are the findings from our survey, outreach activities to local vaccination clinics, and co-production activities with a core group of ‘youth experts’.

Key topics explored, include:

  • motivations or barriers for attendance
  • the accessibility of vaccinations in schools and other settings
  • parental and child consent
  • information and communications


Our recommendations include youth-backed guidance for the youth work and education sectors, communications and engagement professionals, vaccinators, providers and the wider integrated care system (ICS), all centred on how best to increase uptake of COVID jabs among children and youth in our local communities.

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For questions about the activities undertaken and the report’s recommendations, please contact Ed Peasgood on and Elizabeth Mackie on

View the report

Click the link below to download the report

Youth Voice in Children and Young People's COVID-19 Vaccination Services - March 2022 Download File (pdf 1.12 MB)

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