Sussex reaches half million vaccinations as roll-out continues to progress
Sussex has now surpassed the half million mark of vaccinations to protect those in the most vulnerable groups. This reflects the huge amount of working taking place across the system to give those who are eligible the vaccination as quickly as possible.
The milestone comes as the NHS sets out an accelerated national timetable for the vaccination programme. The commitment aims to ensure that the most vulnerable are vaccinated as quickly as possible, and protection is provided for the whole adult population by the summer.
Last week the NHS in Sussex met the national target for all those in the first four priority groups to have been offered the vaccine by 15 February. Official figures of vaccinations given are published nationally on a weekly basis every Thursday and reflect figures up to the previous week.
Currently services continue to focus on those in the top four priority groups who have not yet had the vaccine, those aged 65 and over and those clinically vulnerable due to an underlying health condition and their carers.
In the coming days, local vaccination services will also start to contact people who are due for their second dose, to make sure that all those who have had one jab receive their follow up appointment.
People added to the clinically extremely vulnerable list to receive letters from the national booking system
More than 20,000 people in Sussex have been added to the list of people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (also known as the shielded patient list) after a new assessment of the health of local communities.
People in this group will have received a letter advising them that they are now on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, putting them at high priority for a vaccination. In the coming days they will also receive a letter from the national vaccination programme encouraging them book their appointment.
If you receive this letter, you can book your vaccination straight away by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. Alternatively, you can wait to be contacted by your local GP-led vaccination service.
Research commissioned by the Chief Medical Officer identified people who may be at increased risk of becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus due to a combination of their individual characteristics and their underlying health conditions.
The faces behind the figures
With the news that Sussex has delivered over half a million vaccinations, see some of the faces behind the figures, the people who have been coming forward to get protected and the dedicated teams working hard to deliver the jabs as quickly as possible:
Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each area, latest data, stakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.
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