New statistics reveal success of vaccination roll-out in Lancashire
Region on track to hit target for getting first jabs done
Nearly three-quarters of people aged 70 and over in Lancashire and South Cumbria have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.
NHS data shows 284,913 people had received their first jab by January 31, an increase of 34 per cent from January 24.
Of those, 186,174 were aged 70 or over – equating to 72 per cent of the population in that age group, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
– 39,776 given to people aged between 70 and 74 – 41 per cent of the age group
– 61,525 given to people aged between 75 and 79 – 92 per cent
– 84,873 given to people aged 80 and over – 92 per cent
The figures cover people vaccinated in the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System area – a collaboration between local NHS services and councils aimed at improving health care.
Across England, around 5m people aged 70 and over had received their first dose of the vaccine by the end of January, covering 67 per cent of the age group – although the dosage figure includes a small number with registered addresses in Scotland or Wales.
The Government says the vaccine rollout is on track to meet a target of offering a first dose of the vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups by the middle of February.
Older care home residents, care home workers, people aged over 70, frontline health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable make up the four groups.
The data also shows 98,739 people aged between 16 and 69 across Lancashire and South Cumbria had received a first vaccination dose.
It means 21 per cent of people aged 16 and over living in the area have received their first jab.
The Government's plan to provide vaccinations at more than 2,500 locations across England should ensure everyone will be within 10 miles of a centre.
Vaccinations are currently being given in major hospitals, pharmacies and newly-set-up centres such as football stadiums and out-of-town parking areas.
This is on top of more than 1,000 local vaccinations services in surgeries, community centres and churches.
After the first dose of the vaccine, people should receive a follow-up jab within 12 weeks, according to current guidance.
Across Lancashire and South Cumbria, 12,954 people had received their second dose by January 31, up three per cent from the week before.