More than 260 received their COVID-19 vaccination at a special Superstar Saturday event in Hastings this weekend.
As part of a push to encourage anyone yet to have their vaccine to come forward, the NHS and local authorities teamed up on Saturday to hold pop-up and walk-in vaccination sessions across the town.
Everyone aged 12 and over was welcome to drop by for a 1st, 2nd or booster vaccination at a range of locations including Hastings Town Hall, local pharmacies and community centres.
Local NHS and public health staff were on hand all day with information and to answer any questions people had about the vaccine. The fire service even turned out to help to encourage people to come forward.
Dr David Fox, local GP and clinical director of Hastings and St Leonards Primary Care Network said:
“It was a great day in Hastings on Saturday and we’re thankful to everyone who helped out as part of the event. It was really encouraging to see that our teams delivered a number of first dose vaccinations, as well as boosters, which shows that some people who might have been initially hesitant to get the jab are now coming forward – it’s never too late to get vaccinated!”
Cllr Kim Forward, Leader of the Council, said:
“We are really pleased that so many people came along and had their vaccinations on Superstar Saturday. It was good to see residents able to talk to NHS staff before their vaccines if they had any questions. It’s great to know that we were able to vaccinate some more people for the first time, I hope they go on to have their second and booster doses so they are fully protected. If you are still waiting to have your vaccine, whether it’s first, second or booster, the town hall and Hastings Centre are still offering walk-ins, and so are pharmacies in town.”
In Sussex, the NHS has now delivered 3.7 million vaccinations to eligible people which includes first, second, third and booster vaccinations.
In Hastings and St Leonard’s, 82% of eligible people have received their first vaccination, 76% have had a second dose and 82% have received a booster.
Vaccinations continue in Hastings and St Leonard’s every day at certain Pharmacies and GP-led vaccination services at the Kings Centre and at Hastings Town Hall, as well as pop-up sessions in and around the town.
Find out more information about where to get COVID-19 vaccinations in East Sussex.