The number of local people living across Sussex getting their booster vaccinations has surged ahead of the New Year celebrations.
But a large number of appointments are going to waste, leaving some people without the vital protection they need against the Omicron variant.
The number of appointments available across local sites has increased significantly over the last two weeks, following the announcement that all adults are able to get their booster jab once they reach three months from the date of their second vaccine.
Thousands of appointments have been booked for this week and more are available on the national booking system. Some sites also have walk-in sessions for those without appointments.
However, so far in December over 35,000 booked appointments have gone to waste due to people not turning up. These could have been offered to other people who want to get their vaccination as soon as possible.
Amy Galea, the Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Programme in Sussex, said:
“It great that more and more people are coming forward to get the potentially life-saving protection they need at this crucial time. We know the rates of Omicron are increasing all the time and the booster is the best protection for yourself and others. We would urge anyone who hasn’t already had their booster not to delay and come forward as soon as possible.
“It is so important we make best use of all appointments available if you no longer need your appointment, as you got your jab earlier or have tested Covid positive, please remember to cancel the appointment, so that others are able to book.”
To book a vaccination appointment go to the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. For information about the vaccination go to: COVID-19 vaccinations – Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk)