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.
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.
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.
“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.”
In addition to this 90% of our most vulnerable residents (those in cohorts 1-9) have had their first vaccination, and 55% of those have now had both. This week the vaccination programme has been extended to those aged 30 and over.
The NHS in Sussex is urging anyone who is eligible and who has not yet had their vaccination to come forward and book their appointment.