Over 80,000 vaccinations per week take place in Sussex in wave of recall
NHS staff in Sussex are launching a new effort against the worrying nationwide wave of Omicron cases.
As the first deaths from the new strain are on record, the government is offering every adult a booster vaccine starting today (December 15).
This surge is particularly relevant in Sussex due to the very high infection rates recorded across the county.
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Four neighborhoods in Wealden, Lewes, Mid Sussex and Brighton have infection rates greater than 1,000.0 per 100,000 (1 in 100 people.
Lewes West recorded 825 new cases in the seven days to December 9, or the equivalent of 1,323.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Health officials hope the booster vaccine will see new cases drop quickly across the country.
Yesterday, residents of Newhaven were pictured queuing for over an hour to get their booster shots as the town’s youth center is one of the only walk-in clinics in Sussex to offer the third dose.
The center first opened on Tuesday (December 14) and will reopen on December 21 and January 4.
NHS staff in Sussex are currently biting more than 80,000 people a week as part of the national effort.
The latest data shows 59% of Brighton & Hove’s eligible population got their boost, the percentage of double-hit people sitting at 69%.
A spokesperson for the Sussex COVID Vaccination Program said: “More than 80,000 vaccinations take place per week in Sussex and new appointments are added to the nationwide reservation system every day.
“It will be a challenge to increase capacity further over the next three weeks, but all of our teams are committed to ensuring that local residents are protected and we are exploring all options to make as many available appointments as possible.
“This includes services that stay open longer, open on extra days, and pop-ups within communities.
“We ask people to work with us and use the national reservation system to check the latest available appointments, to keep checking if you can’t see something local for yourself, and please don’t call your GP office to request appointments – you can book through the National Booking System website and 119 or some local departments will contact their patients directly.
“The best way to get vaccinated is to book online or call 119 – please continue to check availability as we are loading more appointments into the system every day. “