Two thirds have now had virus jab

Two-thirds of people in Northumberland have now received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

By Federica Bedendo
Friday, 16th April 2021, 9:39 am
A coronavirus jab
A coronavirus jab

NHS data shows 181,421 people in the area had received a vaccine jab by April 11 – 67% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Of those vaccinated, 147,369 were aged 50 and over – 96% of the age group.

That means 34,052 people aged between 16 to 49 have received a first dose of the vaccine.

The data also reveals a wide variation in coverage between different areas across the area.

The proportion of residents prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged 50 and over, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.

The areas with the highest coverage are Longhorsley, Hepscott and Capheaton, with 75.7% of people aged 16 and over given their first dose

Next comes Rothbury and Longframlington with 75% and Morpeth South and West on 73%.

The areas with the lowest coverage are Ashington Hirst (56.3%), Seaton Delaval and Seghill (58.3%) and Blyth Cowpen (59.5%).

Across England, 26.9 million people had received their first dose of a vaccine by April 11 – covering 59% of the population aged 16 and over.

That includes 20 million people aged 50 and over – 95% of the age group.

The figures also show that 6.4 million people have had a second dose of the jab – 14% of people over 16.

A small number of people are not included due to their age being unknown.