Suffolk can facilitate 37,000 Covid-19 vaccinations per week, as figures show one in three adults in county have received first dose
More than 37,000 people per week can be vaccinated across Suffolk, latest data shows – as more than one in three adults in the county have now received a first dose of the Covid-19 jab.
Data presented to Suffolk’s local outbreak engagement board meeting on Friday showed that the Ipswich and East Suffolk clinical commissioning group area can currently facilitate 20,400 vaccinations per week, while the West Suffolk CCG area has capacity for 17,200.
Those sites include GP centres, hospital hubs, the large vaccination centre in Ipswich and community pharmacies. Health bosses said that capacity will increase as more centres are established.
Elsewhere, data as of Friday on vaccination numbers in the Suffolk and North East Essex NHS areas showed:
- 96 per cent of care home residents had been given a first jab – 5,725 people, with just 139 residents to be vaccinated
- 73 per cent of care home carers have had a first dose – 6,685 people
- 92 per cent of over-80s have had a first vaccination – 56,093 people
- 87 per cent of health and social care workers have been jabbed – 52,160 people
- 95 per cent of over-75s have had a first dose – 42,435 people
- 88 per cent of clinically extremely vulnerable people have had a first vaccine – 19,998 people
- 92 per cent of over-70s have had a first dose – 56,231 people
- 76 per cent of over-65s have had a first vaccine – 33,008 people
For the Norfolk and Waveney health and care partnership area, which includes north Suffolk, those numbers are as follows:
- 95 per cent of over-80s – 68,176 people
- 102 per cent of over-75s – 50,019 people
- 92 per cent of over-70s – 64,488 people
- 17 per cent of under-70 population – 114,985 people
One in three adults in Suffolk have now had a first dose, which puts it in the top six nationally.
Suffolk County Council leader Matthew Hicks praised the efforts of volunteers and NHS staff who have been involved.
“The numbers were that Suffolk was at the bottom of the tables [at the start of the vaccination programme], although the data might not have been accurate,” he said.
“Now we are right at the top, and it’s a real credit to all the work the NHS has put in to deliver the vaccines in such an incredible way, and we are really proud of the work you have done.”
Health bosses said the proportion of people refusing the vaccine was “negligible”, but targeted campaigns were underway in key areas where concerns existed.
Cath Byford from Norfolk and Waveney CCG said: “Our population recognises the importance of being vaccinated and are really keen to be part of the recovery from the Covid pandemic, and doing their bit through coming forward and agreeing to be vaccinated.
“Our decline rate is negligible – there are very few people saying no to the vaccine, but that means we still have a focus to work to try and still increase the uptake with people who are choosing not to take the vaccine.”