Over 25s invited for jab as Sussex celebrates six months of vaccinations

The final group of adults are starting to be called forward to book their COVID-19 vaccinations today (from Tuesday 08 June) on the six month anniversary of the Sussex Vaccination Programme.

Around three million people aged between 25 and 29 in the UK will receive a text message to invite them to their vaccination and the national booking system has have been updated to allow them to book in their first and second doses.

It comes on the day that we celebrate six months since the programme began. Six months ago, elderly people, healthcare workers and those most vulnerable were the first in line to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, providing vital protection for themselves, their loved ones and those they care for.

Among the first to be vaccinated in Sussex was 89 year-old Bidge Garton, an A&E volunteer who received the jab along with her fellow healthcare workers in December 2020.

Over 1.7million people in Sussex have since received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination as the local NHS reflects on the momentous efforts of healthcare workers, organisers and volunteers, six months on from the first vaccine being administered.

Amy Galea, Executive Director of the Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said:

“In May we celebrated an incredible milestone of one million people being vaccinated with their first vaccine in Sussex, achieved only 24 weeks into the vaccination programme.

“The vaccine now being offered to over 25s on the six-month anniversary of the first dose being administered, highlights just how far we have come and marks the incredible efforts of those involved in the vaccination programme.

“We would encourage that everyone who is eligible and is yet to have their vaccination to come forward and book now. It is also really important that  people come forward for their second doses which is vital for maximum protection against the virus”

Jeremy, a Brighton resident, received his first dose at the Brighton Centre last week, he said:

“I was glad to have the opportunity to get vaccinated.

“It was quick and easy and I’d encourage everyone under 30 to book themselves in, if not only to protect themselves but for the protection of people around them too.”

More than 737,000 second doses have been given in Sussex, giving people the maximum protection from coronavirus.

Anyone in the eligible age groups is being asked to book their jab once they receive the text message alert, with GPs also set to urge the newly eligible to come forward, over the coming days.