A quarter of people in Mid Sussex fully vaccinated against Covid-19
A quarter of people aged 45 and over in Mid Sussex have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.
NHS data shows 30,330 people had received both jabs by April 25 – 25 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, 26,070 were aged 45 and over – 36 per cent of the age group.
It means 4,260 people aged between 16 and 44 have received both doses.
The figures also show 80,209 people in Mid Sussex have received at least one jab – 66 per cent of those aged 16 and over.
It comes as the Government announced an extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus jab have been secured for a booster vaccination programme in the autumn.
Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, has said the vaccine could reduce a third wave of the virus, but warned it was ‘inconceivable’ that there will not be further bumps in the road.
Speaking at a Downing Street press briefing, he said: “What is important about these vaccines and the vaccine rollout is it really is the way out of getting into trouble of the same size and magnitude ever again, and that’s why it’s important that this job must get finished.”
The data reveals variation in coverage for residents who had received at least one dose between different areas across Mid Sussex.
The proportion of people prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged 42 and over, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.
Areas with the highest coverage:
1) Burgess Hill South, with 72. per cent of people aged 16 and over given their first dose.
2) Haywards Heath North East, 70.9 per cent.
3) Hassocks, Keymer & East Hurstpierpoint, 70.5 per cent.
Areas with the lowest coverage:
1) Haywards Heath West, 58.7 per cent.
2) East Grinstead Central & North, 60.9 per cent.
3) Haywards Heath East, 61.9 per cent.
Across England, 11 million people had received a second dose of the jab by April 25 – 24 per cent of the population aged over 16 and over.
That includes 9.4 million people aged 45 and over – 38 per cent of the age group.
In total, 28.2 million people had received at least one dose of a vaccine by the same date, covering 62 per cent of people over 16.
A small number of people are not included due to their age being unknown.