Vaccination rates among young Crawley teenagers among lowest in the country
Fewer than 10 per cent of young teenagers in Crawley have had a first Covid-19 vaccine.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that both Crawley and Horsham have among the lowest vaccination rates of 12-15-year-olds in the country.
Mid Sussex fares a little better with a slightly higher rate.
The figures show that as of October 17, a total of 424 12-15-year-old schoolchildren in Crawley had been vaccinated - that’s 7.4 per cent of those eligible.
In Horsham, a total of 719 young teens were vaccinated, that’s 10.1 per cent of those eligible.
In Mid Sussex, figures show that a total of 1,049 12-15-year-olds had been vaccinated as of October 17 - that’s 13.6 per cent of the eligible population.
Across Sussex, a total of 50,000 children are eligible for a vaccine. So far, 9,000 have had jabs and more than 60 schools visited.
A spoksperson for Sussex NHS Commissioners, which is overseeing the rollout, said: “Nationally this group will be able to book via the national booking system from tomorrow (Saturday October 23), and each school is also being offered a follow up session for anyone who missed their on site visit.
“Key here is that any young person who has had a positive PCR needs to wait 28 days from that PCR to get their vaccination.”
It is aimed to have completed all Sussex school visits in November.