Published: 11:31, 08 January 2021
| Updated: 11:47, 08 January 2021
The second and third phases of vaccine rollouts in the county are underway as immunisation is stepped up across the UK.
The NHS is hoping to vaccinate at least one million adults in the county using a minimum of 42 'Primary Care Networks' (PCNs).
A PCN is a group of GP surgeries working together to provide vaccinations for a large area from one location.
For example, the vaccination centre in Musgrove Park Medical Centre, Ashford, will service residents who use six surgeries in the area.
A total of 14 additional centres are being opened in the second and third phases, with five having been opened this week and a further nine next Monday.
As well as expanding vaccination services in some areas, this also covers some towns that didn't have any provisions before, including Dover, Folkestone, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne and Tonbridge.
It means a total of 91 additional GP surgeries will be contacting patients over the age of 80 across the county to book in their vaccination appointments.
A spokesman for NHS Kent and Medway CCG said: “GP services in Kent and Medway are taking part in the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS.
“All areas of England are rolling out GP vaccine sites in a phased way, and by the end of next week more than 90 per cent of GP surgeries in the county will be covered by a vaccination service, including the Sittingbourne area.
“We are working as a priority to arrange a service in three remaining areas, which include parts of Medway and the Romney Marsh.
"Implementing the programme has been a huge task but we are confident that all eligible patients – which at this stage is those aged over 80 – will have access to the vaccine across the county.
“People will be contacted directly with invitations to be vaccinated. Please be patient and avoid calling your GP unless you have had an invitation.”