Nearly three quarters of eligible people over 40 in Suffolk have had booster coronavirus jabs, health bosses confirm
Suffolk health bosses have said that nearly three quarters of eligible people over the age of 40 have had their booster jabs – with the remainder of that cohort able to be vaccinated by the New Year.
Friday’s Local Outbreak Engagement Board meeting of public sector leaders heard that Suffolk is among the top five areas of the country for booster jab rollout, ahead of extra capacity being put in place for the expanded booster programme of over 18s by the end of January.
That has seen nearly 74 per cent of the eligible population jabbed.
However, 95,000 over 40s in Suffolk who are eligible are yet to have a booster jab, with health bosses urging them to get the top-up.
Elizabeth Moloney, deputy director of strategic change at Suffolk’s clinical commissioning groups, said: “We have over 271,000 patients have received their vaccine.
"We do have 95,000 patients who are eligible who are yet to be vaccinated, and we collectively remain absolutely committed and focused to offering that vaccine to all eligible patients at this time.
She added that additional capacity with NHS England will be finalised next week for the rollout to cohorts aged 18-40.
Elsewhere, Public Health Suffolk reported that half of 12-15 year-olds have had a dose of the vaccine, slightly above the 48 per cent figure for both England as a whole and the East of England.
Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive of Ipswich and East Suffolk, West Suffolk and North East Essex CCGs, said: “The county of Suffolk really are leading the way in the East of England – we are in the top five areas of the country for progress in the booster programme.
"Obviously we want to be number one but it is good to be in the top five.
“We have been asked to scale up the programme all across the country from now until the end of January and we are absolutely committed to delivering on that, and we are very confident we will deliver the volumes that are required.”
A large vaccination event is being held in Newmarket this weekend, by invitation only, in which up to 10,000 people can be jabbed.
Jabs are being distributed at a range of places, including large vaccination centres, pop-up clinics, health centre sessions and community pharmacies.
In its response to the new Omicron variant, the Government has reduced the gap between jabs from six months to three, and pledged to have all over 18s offered a booster by the end of January.