Here's how many vaccines have been administered in Luton and Bedfordshire

Nearly nine in 10 people aged 70 and over in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have received their first dose

Friday, 12th February 2021, 10:45 am
Updated Friday, 12th February 2021, 10:46 am

New NHS data has revealed how many coronavirus vaccines have been given out in each part of the country.

NHS England publishes weekly localised breakdown of coronavirus vaccinations administered every Thursday.

The figures cover people vaccinated in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes sustainability and transformation partnership area ­– a collaboration between local NHS services and councils aimed at improving health care.

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The latest figures show nearly nine in 10 people aged 70 and over in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

NHS data shows 146,544 people had received their first jab by February 7, an increase of 26% from January 31.

Of those, 91,134 were aged 70 or over ­– equating to 86% of the population in that age group, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

They include:

> 30,093 given to people aged between 70 and 74 – 76% of the age group

> 25,926 given to people aged between 75 and 79 – 95.7%

> 35,115 given to people aged 80 and over – 88%.

A small number of people are not included due to their age being unknown.

Across England, around 6.5 million people aged 70 and over had received their first dose of the vaccine by February 7, covering 86% 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 55,410 people aged between 16 and 69 across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes had received a first vaccination dose.

It means 20% 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 Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, 5,456 people had received their second dose by February 7, up 12% from the week before.