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Covid programme to end after more than three million vaccinations across the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) area





The COVID vaccination programme is set to end on January 31, 2024 after more than three million vaccinations across the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) area.

Following the date, people will have to wait until any future national seasonal campaign is instigated unless they develop a new health condition or start treatment that severely weakens their immune system, in which case a clinician may advise vaccination sooner.

Since COVID vaccinations were first offered in December 2020, it is estimated that 3,114,137 vaccines have been administered.

Elizabeth Moloney successfully led the COVID vaccination programme for the ICB. Picture: NHS Suffolk and North East Essex
Elizabeth Moloney successfully led the COVID vaccination programme for the ICB. Picture: NHS Suffolk and North East Essex

Elizabeth Moloney, who has successfully led the COVID vaccination programme for the ICB, said: “This is a bittersweet time for us all, because on the one hand we know that having administered over three million vaccines we’ve saved countless lives and prevented serious illness across our communities.

“Yet, at the same time, we reflect on the tragedy and sadness that this virus has caused, and the havoc it has reaped on people’s lives and to their livelihoods.

“It is important though that we remain positive about our achievements and give thanks to everyone who has had a role in making this vaccination programme such a success.”

Although the COVID vaccination programme is set to close the virus remains in communities and those without the protection of vaccination remain at risk of serious illness.

Pop-up clinics will continue to operate until the end of January and the local website www.sneevaccine.org.uk is updated daily with dates, times and locations of walk-in clinics where the COVID vaccine is offered.

Those eligible for a COVID vaccination:

-residents in a care home for older adults

-all adults aged 65 years and over

-persons aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as laid out in the Immunisation Green Book, Covid-19 chapter (Green Book)

-frontline health and social care workers

-persons aged 16 to 64 years who are carers (as defined in the Green Book) and

-staff working in care homes for older adults