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More than 7 out of 10 people across Sussex now boosted

Latest figures show that 82% of eligible adults in West Sussex have now received their COVID-19 booster vaccination.

It comes after vaccinations teams stepped up efforts throughout December to significantly increase the number of appointments available, to offer a booster to all eligible adults by the end of the year as part of the response against the Omicron variant.

Vaccination services extended their opening hours, held sessions on further days and increased the number of walk in sessions to help make the vaccination available to local residents.

From an average of 80,000 a week, the number of appointments soared and reached 150,000 completed vaccinations a week.

Work now continues to encourage anyone who is yet to come forward for their vaccination to book an appointment or arrange to attend a walk in session.

Health leaders are also reminding people that it isn’t just about boosters, and if people are yet to have their first or their second primary doses, they are also encouraged to come forward and receive this vital protection.

The Chancellor praised and thanked the teams working to provide vaccinations across Sussex. Rishi Sunak visited the vaccination service at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, run by Alliance for Better Care GP Federation.

He met with Katherine Saunders, Dr Jon Leung and Laura Daniels from ABC and Tom Gurney, Acting Senior Responsible Officer for the programme.

Talking with the team, volunteers and patients, he praised how the service was working and the collective effort to ensure that everyone was offered their vaccinations.

Since the service at Clair Hall opened in December 2020, it has delivered more than 160,000 vaccinations.

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