THE NUMBER of people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the county has reached 3,000,000.

Across Sussex, 82.7 per cent of the eligible people have had their first dose, 76.5 per cent have had their second dose and 68 per cent have had their booster.

A total of 3,008,220 vaccinations have been given in total, including 428,461 booster doses.

The number includes those who have had their first, second and booster jabs.

The milestone announcement from the NHS comes as the number of booster vaccination appointments has significantly increased.

More than 13,000 additional appointments a week have been arranged, including 2,800 more per week at Churchill Square in Brighton, 1,200 in Eastbourne and 500 in Chichester, while GP led services are adding extra days and hours to their sessions to make it as easy as possible for people to receive their booster.

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The Covid-19 vaccine programme began on December 8 last year, with more than 40 vaccination sites used across Sussex.

At the same time, flu vaccinations are also underway at GP practices, pharmacies and some Covid-19 vaccination sites. To date, more than 450,000 people have had their flu vaccination across Sussex.

Sussex Covid-19 vaccination programme senior responsible officer Amy Galea said reaching the milestone just weeks before their one-year anniversary of the programme is special.

“This is a real collective effort of everyone involved in the programme, and is testament to the amazing commitment and dedication of our vaccination teams to roll out this vaccine to our local population and make sure they can receive this vital protection against Covid-19,” she said.

“With winter fast approaching, all of our teams are stepping up their efforts and making sure that there are as many options as possible for people to book and receive both their booster – or their primary doses (first or second vaccines).

“They are also working hard to make sure people their flu vaccination, which is just as important to protect people this winter. It is never too late to come forward.

“Vaccination really is the best way to protect yourself and those around you, especially elderly relatives and those with low immunity.”

The vaccination programme has been extended this week to allow those aged between 40 and 49 to get their booster jab, and 16 and 17-year-olds are recommended to have a second dose.

Both are expected to be able to start using the National Booking System from next week to arrange these vaccinations.