THOUSANDS of young people across Sussex will be protected by a new contract.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the five-year deal to provide the community and school aged immunisation service for babies, children and young adults aged up to 19.
The contract began at the start of this month and includes vaccinations in schools and clinics across East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.
Siobhan Melia, pictured above, the trust’s chief executive, said: “I am delighted we have been awarded this contract by Public Health England.
“We are committed to ensuring that families, babies, children and young adults across Sussex get access to vital immunisations to protect their health. This decision shows the high regard in which this service is held.
“It is a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication of our staff.”
The trust held the previous contract for the work but this excluded East Sussex.
High vaccination rates are key to preventing the spread of infectious diseases and to avoiding health complications.
NHS England South East’s public health commissioning manager, said: “We’re really pleased the trust will be providing the new community and school aged immunisation service across the whole of Sussex.
“It is anticipated that this service will particularly help children and young people who have missed their immunisations to access them, which will contribute to an increase in uptake rates.”
The community trust also runs Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital and employs more than 5,000 staff to provide medical, nursing and therapeutic care to 9,000-plus people a day.