North East’s vaccine rate has slowed down, as region slips from second to fourth spot in a week

Data from NHS England shows the vaccination rate in the North East and Yorkshire has dropped in the past week, compared with other regions.

Friday, 29th January 2021, 6:48 pm
Covid vaccinations at Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre.

Figures from NHS England compiled by JPI Media’s data unit suggest the rate of first dose vaccinations per 100,000 people in the North East and Yorkshire has decreased between 17 January and 24 January, while other regions have seen a rise in their rates. The North East is paired with Yorkshire as an NHS region.

In the week up to 17 January, the North East and Yorkshire’s vaccination rate across all ages was the second highest in England, only behind that of the South West. But data up to 24 January shows the region has slipped to the fourth place, as rates in the East of England have risen from second lowest to the third highest.

The North West has also seen a slight increase and has moved one spot up to the second place.

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However, the data has also shown that the North East and Yorkshire continues to have the highest vaccination rate in the over 80s age group, at 83,667 vaccines per 100,000 people.

The region has kept the top spot between 17 January and 24 January as 83.7 per cent of people aged over 80 have received their first dose of the Covid-19 jab so far. This is followed by 83.4 per cent in the South East and 81.8 per cent in the North West. London has the lowest percentage, with just 65.4 per cent of the capital’s residents over 80 receiving their first dose of the vaccine.

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But there is a drop in the rate of people under 80, who have received their first dose of the Covid-19 jab, as the North East and Yorkshire slips from second to third place in the week between 17 January and 24 January.

Rates in the North West and the East of England have increased in the same period, as the North West’s rate remains the highest at 9,806 first doses per 100,000 people. Vaccine rates in the East of England have gone up from second lowest to the second highest in England, with 8,905 first doses per 100,000 people. The North East and Yorkshire’s rate stands at 8,708 up to 24 January.

The data comes as reports last week suggested vaccine supplies in the North East week could be halved so that more immunisations can take place in other parts of the country.

In total, 942,876 people in the region have received a dose of the coronovirus vaccine since inoculation began and 71,507 people have been given a second dose as well. Earlier this week, people were queuing outside the Nightingale hospital in Sunderland, as the site opened as a mass vaccination hub.

Across England, 5,792,159 people have received their first dose of the jab and 440,425 people have had two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

First dose of the vaccine per 100,000 people up to 24 January

South West – 14266 North West – 14174 East of England – 13745 North East and Yorkshire – 13466 South East – 12824 Midlands – 12813 London – 8795