NHS data shows 56,484 people had received a vaccine jab by March 7 – equating to 46% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those vaccinated, 35,886 were aged 60 or over – 88% of the age group.
It means 20,598 people aged between 16 and 59 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
The data also reveals variation in coverage between different areas.
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Areas with the highest coverage are Harton West, with 55.7% given their first dose, Cleadon & East Boldon (55%) and Fellgate & Hedworth (50.6%)
Areas with the lowest coverage are South Shields West (37.3%) Hebburn North (40.6%) and South Shields East (41.3%).
The Government has pledged to offer vaccinations to everyone aged over 50 by the end of April.