Virus jab rate in South Tyneside nears two thirds
Nearly two-thirds of people in South Tyneside have now received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the latest figures reveal.
NHS data shows 78,670 people had received a vaccine jab by April 18 – 63% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those vaccinated, 59,664 were aged 50 and over – 94% of the age group.
That means 19,006 people aged between 16 to 49 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
The data also reveals some variation in coverage between different areas across South Tyneside
The proportion of residents prioritised for vaccinations – such as those aged 50 and over - is one of a range of factors that could affect vaccine coverage.
The area with the highest coverage is Cleadon and East Boldon, with 76.2% of people aged 16 and over having been given their first dose
In Harton West the figure is 73.9% and in Fellgate and Hedworth, the rate is 70%
Areas with the lowest coverage are South Shields West (51.7%), Biddick Hill (57.6%) and Westoe (57.8%).
Nationally 27.5 million people had received their first dose of a vaccine by April 18 – covering 61% 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 8.7 million people have had a second dose of the jab – 19% of people over 16.
A small number of people are not included due to their age being unknown.