Virus jab rate in Sunderland nears two thirds
Nearly two-thirds of people in Sunderland have now received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the latest figures reveal.
NHS data shows 154,217 people had received a vaccine jab by April 18 – 64% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those vaccinated, 109,477 were aged 50 and over – 97% of the age group.
That means 35,477 people aged between 16 to 49 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
The data also reveals some variation in coverage between different areas across the area.
The proportion of residents prioritised for vaccinations – such as those aged 50 and over - is one of a range of factors that could affect vaccine coverage.
The area with the highest coverage is Herrington and Doxford, with 75.4% of people aged 16 and over having been given their first dose
The rate in Seaburn is 74.3% and the rate in Hall Farm is 71.9%.
Areas with the lowest coverage are Sunderland Central and Deptford (38.4%), Millfield (47.9%) and Barnes Park (55.2%).
Nationally 27.5 million people had received their first dose of a vaccine by April 18 – covering 61% of the population aged 16 and over.
That includes 20 million people aged 50 and over – 95% of the age group.
The figures also show that 8.7 million people have had a second dose of the jab – 19% of people over 16.
A small number of people are not included due to their age being unknown.