How many people have had a Covid jab in Wiltshire so far revealed

A quarter of people aged 45 and over in Wiltshire have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

NHS data shows 105,136 people had received both jabs by April 25 – 26% 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, 92,838 were aged 45 and over – 37% of the age group.

It means 12,298 people aged between 16 and 44 have received both doses.

The figures also show 269,012 people in Wiltshire have received at least one jab – 66% 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 Wiltshire.

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) Devizes West, with 77.5% of people aged 16 and over given their first dose

2) Mere & East Knoyle, 76.3%

3) Downton & Morgan’s Vale, 75.1%

Areas with the lowest coverage:

1) Larkhill, Shrewton & Bulford Camp, 42.9%

2) Tidworth & Ludgershall, 45.2%

3) Warminster East, 57%

Across England, 11 million people had received a second dose of the jab by April 25 – 24% of the population aged over 16 and over.

That includes 9.4 million people aged 45 and over – 38% 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% of people over 16.

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

Despite the success of the rollout, many staff at care homes in Wiltshire have not been vaccinated.

The figures show 4386 out of 5391 eligible staff, including agency workers, at older adult care homes had received a first dose by April 25 – meaning 19% have not had a jab.

The Government is currently in consultation over plans to make the jab mandatory for staff over concerns for residents.

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