50,000 Sutton residents vaccinated as Council leader pays tribute to NHS workers
Leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey OBE, has led tributes to Sutton’s NHS workers after news that over 50,000 residents - a quarter of the borough’s population - have so far been vaccinated.
In total over the last 12 months, Sutton has seen over 15,000 cases of people testing positive for coronavirus- an average of one person in every five homes- with 453 people sadly dying.
Public Health England data shows that 137 people are still in hospital under the care of Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust, with 12 people on ventilators.
The vaccinations that have taken place include 22,000 residents aged over 70 who have had their first dose, and 28,000 people aged 16-69 who have also had their first dose.
Councillor Dombey praised the “extraordinary resilience” of Sutton residents but warned that “now is not the time to let up” as the pandemic continues.
Commenting, the Lib Dem council leader said:
“The lives of residents across Sutton have been upended by this crisis, particularly families of the 453 people who have very sadly died from coronavirus.
“Sutton’s NHS workers have just been incredible in beating back the virus. I’ve seen their dedication first hand, having had the jab myself. As Her Majesty The Queen said, “it doesn’t hurt at all”. The news that over 50,000 residents have now had their first dose of the vaccine is a fantastic milestone, but there’s a long way to go yet. The more people take up the offer of the vaccine, the sooner we can hug our families and friends again.
“We have seen 15,000 coronavirus cases across our borough, so residents should continue to wash their hands, wear a mask, and keep their social distance. Sutton Council and the NHS will continue to work closely together as the fight against the virus continues.”