Huge difference in vaccine uptake across Bedford as Queens Park and Cauldwell have the lowest coverage

Meanwhile, Riseley and Sharnbrook have the highest

Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:45 pm
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:46 pm

Three in five people in Bedford have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

NHS data shows 81,474 people had received a vaccine jab by April 11 – 60 per cent of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Of those vaccinated, 61,313 were aged 50 and over – 95 per cent of the age group.

Three in five people in Bedford have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine
Three in five people in Bedford have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine

It means 20,161 people aged between 16 to 49 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 50 and over, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.

Areas with the highest coverage:

1) Riseley & Sharnbrook, with 72.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over given their first dose

2) Putnoe, 71.4 per cent

3) Harrold, Chellington & Turvey, 69.4 per cent

Areas with the lowest coverage:

1) Queens Park, 43 per cent

2) Cauldwell, 45.1 per cent

3) Castle & Kingsway, 46.9 per cent.

Across England, 26.9 million people had received their first dose of a vaccine by April 11, covering 59 per cent of the population aged 16 and over.

That includes 20 million people aged 50 and over – 95 per cent of the age group.

The figures also show that 6.4 million people have had a second dose of the jab – 14 per cent of people over 16.

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