Three in five have now had virus jab

Three out of five people in South Tyneside have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, new figures reveal.

South Tyneside's virus jab figures
South Tyneside's virus jab figures

NHS data shows 75,261 people in the area had received a vaccine jab by April 4 – equating to 61% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of those vaccinated, 58,880 were aged 50 or over – 93% of the age group.

It means 16,381 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 South Tyneside – 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.

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The areas with the highest coverage are Cleadon & East Boldon, with 72.9% of people aged 16 and over given their first dose

Next comes Harton West (71.6%), followed by Fellgate & Hedworth (67%).

The areas with the lowest coverage were South Shields West (48.6%), South Shields East (54.7%) and Biddick Hall (55.2%).

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.

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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.