NHS data shows Berwick constituency has fifth highest vaccination rate in England
Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency has the fifth highest rate of vaccinated population in England, according to NHS figures.
Statistics show that 30,726 people – over 40% of the population of the constituency – had received a Covid vaccine by February 21.
Data shows that 15,642 people aged under 70 had received at least one dose, along with 5,760 aged 70-74, 4,154 aged 75-79 and 5,170 aged over 80.
The statistics came after MPs asked the NHS to ensure the data on vaccination rates were published by constituency, as well as by region, area and local authority level, so they could have a greater understanding of how their constituents were faring.
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, welcoming the news, said: “When the Health Secretary told me Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency has the fifth highest rate vaccinated in the country I was delighted.
"I am so thankful to everyone behind this incredible effort, the GPs and their staff, nurses, NHS support staff, volunteers, and everyone involved in the procurement and manufacture of these life-saving vaccines.
“I know from my inbox just how keen everyone here is to receive their vaccine. Not only to protect themselves, their families and community, but to get our lives back to normal again. I will certainly look forward to having my vaccine when it is my turn.
"Now we have a roadmap out of restrictions it is more important than ever that we are patient and continue to stick to the rules, as the removal of restrictions is dependent on continuing to reduce pressure on our NHS and people having their vaccine when offered it.”
Ms Trevelyan, who is in regular contact with the GP vaccination hubs, added: “Supply is the limiting factor to the speed of the rollout, especially as vaccine production is complex, but we are due to see some bumper weeks of supply in March as more vaccines come on stream, enabling us to continue the fast pace of the rollout whilst many start to receive their second dose.”
The figures also reveal that 102,831 people across the Northumberland council area had received a first vaccine by February 21.