Official figures released today, Thursday 27 May 2021, show that one million people in Sussex have now received their Covid-19 vaccination.
This incredible milestone has been reached just 24 weeks into the vaccination programme.
Today’s data shows that 1,028,925 people had had their first vaccination by Sunday 23 May, and of those 677,497 have also had their second.
This means that 90% of our most vulnerable residents (those in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation cohorts 1-9) have had their first vaccination, and 71% of these have now had both.
Amy Galea, Executive Director of the Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said:
“This is a fantastic milestone for the residents of Sussex and everyone involved in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine. Every single person involved in this has shown real commitment and dedication to rolling out this vaccine as quickly as we are able to in order to give vital protection against the Covid-19 virus. Reaching 1 million first doses today really highlights how far we have come and the incredible progress for our population here in Sussex.
“We could not have reached one million people vaccinated without each and every person on those sites and those working tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen. From the vaccinators, to the pharmacists, front door teams, people on the phones booking people in, to the thousands of volunteers – we thank you all.”
89-year-old Bidge Garton from Ringmer was one of the first people in Sussex to be vaccinated when the programme launched in December 2020.
Bidge has been a volunteer with the University Hospitals Sussex for more than 35 years. She started out delivering hospital menus to patients, before later gaining skills in counselling. Up until the pandemic she was based in the A&E department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, helping counsel bereaved families and give advice on the subject of organ donation.
Reflecting on the last year, she said: “When I got the call about the vaccine, I was so happy and thankful to be one of the first in Sussex and the country to receive the vaccine.
“It was an excellent day, and everyone was brilliant. I had absolutely no side effects and had received both doses before the end of the year!
“I have nothing but complete admiration for every single person involved in the vaccination programme. I don’t think they’ll ever know how incredible they are and what they’ve achieved.”
As we reach this incredible milestone, a further age group has now become eligible.
Anyone aged 30 and above is now able to arrange their vaccination.
You can book your jab online now through the national booking service or by calling 119 free of charge. The service will show you available appointments with the vaccine that is recommended for you. This may be at a larger vaccination centre, GP led service or a community pharmacy-led sites. It may mean that some services closer to you do not show, if they don’t have the vaccine recommended for you. You may also be contacted by your GP led vaccination service directly to arrange an appointment.
If you have no way to get to your appointment, or know someone who can’t, you can book free transport for a Covid-safe return journey. You need to book your appointment first, then find details of how to book your transport.
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.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.