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Percentage of Newark and Sherwood residents to take covid-19 booster jab revealed

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The percentage of over 18s in Newark and Sherwood who have received their booster jab has been revealed.

As of Friday, January 7, 70% of the district's residents — aged 18 or above — had received their booster jab.

That compares to 89.3% of over 18s who are double vaccinated.

A Covid-19 jab is prepared. Picture: PA (54041579)
A Covid-19 jab is prepared. Picture: PA (54041579)

In early December, Newark MP Robert Jenrick called for the Newark Showground site to be re-opened to help deliver the government's ambitious booster roll-out.

The centre then reoened on December 20 to prevent the district from falling behind the national average.

Amanda Sullivan, of NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, has since confirmed Newark and Sherwood was not lagging behind other district or boroughs.

She said: "In terms of the Newark Showground centre reopening, that was when we had two weeks of intensive boosting ahead of the new year.

"We also had a high number of other covid sites in Newark — some in the town and some in the surrounding areas.

"We are continuing to review that access for residents.

"We have found that the showground has been a useful area to provide vaccines, but it has not had the big uptake that it had in the first wave, simply because we have other sites open in community now, so wasn't as critical to the Newark uptake as it was in the early waves."

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