A quarter of people in Bedford have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.
NHS data shows 35,940 people had received both jabs by May 2 – 26 per cent of those aged 16 and over, based on the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those to have received both jabs, 30,571 were aged 45 and over – 40 per cent of the age group.
It means 5,369 people aged between 16 to 44 have received both doses.
Across England, more than a quarter of people aged 16 and over have received their second vaccine dose.
It has led to a forecast from the Bank of England that the economy will grow this year at its fastest pace since the Second World War.
The Bank predicts gross domestic product (GDP) – a measure of the size of the economy – will rebound by 7.25 per cent in 2021, up from its previous prediction of 5 per cent and the best year of growth since official records began in 1948.
The Bank said: “New Covid cases in the United Kingdom have continued to fall, the vaccination program is proceeding apace, and restrictions on economic activity are easing.”
The NHS vaccine data also reveals variation in coverage for residents who had received at least one dose between different areas across Bedford.
Across Bedford, 64 per cent of those aged 16 and over have had one jab.
Areas with the highest coverage:
1) Riseley and Sharnbrook, with 77.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over given their first dose
2) Putnoe, 76.4 per cent
3) Wootton and Stewartby, 75.8 per cent
Areas with the lowest coverage:
1) Queens Park, 45.9 per cent
2) Cauldwell, 48.6 per cent
3) Castle & Kingsway, 51.3 per cent.
Across England, 12.9 million people had received a second dose of the jab by May 2 – 28 per cent of the population aged over 16 and over.
That includes 11.1 million people aged 45 and over – 45 per cent of the age group.
In total, 28.8 million people had received at least one dose of a vaccine by the same date, covering 63 per cent of people over 16.