Yorkshire has the highest rate of first dose Covid vaccinations in the country

The Yorkshire and north-east region has administered more first doses of the Covid vaccine to people than any other area of the country.
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The NHS England figures indicate about half of people aged 80 and over in the region have received their first dose.

By contrast just three in 10 people aged 80 and over in eastern England have had their first jab, with a similar proportion in London.

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In north-east England and Yorkshire, 433,045 people of all ages have been vaccinated as of January 10, according to the JPI Media Data Unit.

A Covid vaccine being administered (photo: PA).A Covid vaccine being administered (photo: PA).
A Covid vaccine being administered (photo: PA).

There were 370,694 first dose vaccinations, with 62,351 people also receiving their second dose.

If looking only at first doses, the region has a vaccination rate of 4,309 per 100,000 people of all ages, the highest in the country.

When second doses are taken into account, it falls to 725 per 100,000 people, the fourth highest out of the seven regions (the others are London, East of England, Midlands, South West, South East).

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Across the country, 1,036,605 people aged 80 or over had received a first dose, as had 960,699 under-80s.

Separate figures from NHS England show nearly a quarter (23%) of first doses in England up to January 7 went to people aged 49 and under.

Just over half (53%) went to people aged 80 and over.

Some 12% went to people aged 50-59, 6% to those aged 60-69, and 6% to those aged 70-79.

The priority groups for vaccination include all staff working in care homes and frontline health and social care workers.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “hugely concerned” about the vaccination rate in the capital.

Boris Johnson has previously acknowledged that while parts of the country were doing “incredibly well” in vaccinating people it was “less good” in other areas.

Downing Street defended the operation, with the Prime Minister’s official spokesman telling reporters: “We’ve rolled out the vaccination programme across the country and we’ve ensured that every area receives a fair share of the vaccinations and we will continue to do that.

“You will continue to see the vaccination programme accelerate through this month and throughout February and the PM’s been clear that we will ensure there is a vaccine centre close to everybody by the end of the month.”