Second virus jab figures near 50%

Nearly half of people in Northumberland have now received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, new figures reveal.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 10:46 am
Updated Saturday, 29th May 2021, 11:58 am
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NHS data shows 131,377 people had received both jabs by May 23 – 49% of those over the age of 16.

Of those to have received both jabs, 119,063 were over 40 – 62% of the age group – and 12,314 people aged between 16 and 39 have received both doses.

In the county, 78% of those aged 16 and over have received their first jab but the NHS vaccine data also reveals variations in coverage between different areas.

The areas with the highest first dose coverage are Longhorsley, Hepscott and Capheaton, with 92.1% of people aged 16 and over given their first dose

This is followed by Morpeth South and West on 87.3% and Rothbury and Longframlington with 85.2%.

The areas with the lowest coverage are Ashington Hirst (65.9%), Blyth Cowpen (67%) and Seaton Delaval and Seghill (68.6%).

In England, 19.4million people had received a second dose of the jab by May 23 – 43% of over 16s.

In total, 31.6 million people had received at least one dose of a vaccine by the same date, 70% of people over 16.

Despite the success of the rollout, some staff at care homes in Northumberland have not been vaccinated.

The figures show 2,986 out of 3,357 eligible staff, including agency workers, at older adult care homes had received a first dose by May 23 – meaning 11% have not had a jab.

The Government is currently in consultation over plans to make the jab mandatory for staff over concerns for residents.