Nearly two thirds have now had virus jab
Nearly two thirds of people in Northumberland have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, new figures reveal.
NHS data shows 174,226 people in the area had received a vaccine jab by April 4 – equating to 65% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Of those vaccinated, 142,379 were aged 50 or over – 92% of the age group.
It means 31,847 people aged between 16 and 49 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
The data also reveals variation in coverage between different areas across the area – although the ONS say the proportion of residents prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged over 50, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.
The areas with the highest coverage were Longhorsley, Hepscott & Capheaton, with 72.8% of people aged 16 and over given their first dose
Next was Rothbury and Longframlington at 71.8% and Morpeth South and West at 71.2%.
The areas with the lowest coverage were Berwick-upon-Tweed Town (49%), Ashington Hirst (55%) and Berwick-upon-Tweed West and Holy Island, with 55.6%.
Nationally, 26.6 million people had received their first dose of a vaccine by April 4, covering 58% of the population aged 16 and over.
That includes 19.8 million people aged 50 and over – 94% of the age group.
The figures also show that 4.3 million people have had a second dose of the jab.
A small number of people are not included in the figures due to their age being unknown.