Here's how many people have had their Covid vaccine in Bedford
Though data reveals huge variations in coverage across the town
Nearly half of people in Bedford have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.
NHS data shows 61,740 people had received a vaccine jab by March 14 – equating to 45 per cent of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those vaccinated, 42,666 were aged 55 or over – 82 per cent of the age group.
It means 19,074 people aged between 16 and 54 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
The data also reveals variation in coverage between different areas across Bedford.
The proportion of residents prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged over 55, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.
Areas with the highest coverage:
1) Putnoe, with 56.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over given their first dose
2) Riseley & Sharnbrook, 54.7 per cent
3) Brickhill, 53.8 per cent
Areas with the lowest coverage:
1) Queens Park, 30.3 per cent
2) Cauldwell, 33.9 per cent
3) Castle & Kingsway, 34.1 per cent
Bedford had got off to a slow start earlier this year due to a supply shortage, with the Bedford MP and mayor writing to the Government to demand answers.