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.
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.
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.
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.