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Nearly nine in 10 of Cheshire and Merseyside’s over-75 population received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of last month, writes Ethan Davies.

That’s according to the latest weekly data released by NHS England today (February 4).

The data (up to January 31) shows that 89.1% of those aged over 80 have had one dose, while jabs have reached 85.1% of residents between 75 and 79.

The news comes a week after Clare Watson, Accountable Officer of the NHS running Cheshire’s roll-out said she was ‘confident’ targets would be met.

The NHS Cheshire CCG representative said: “It’s really good progress. Everyone is working incredibly hard but also they’re incredibly committed.

“We have really challenging deadlines but we are confident with the modelling and work we are doing that we will hit those.

“This is all dependent on the availability of the vaccine, but we are on track.”

Although the NHS’ focus remains giving as many people their first doses, 13.7% of over 80s have had both measures.

Just over four in ten Cheshire and Merseyside residents (40.4%) aged 70-74 have got the opening portion of the immunisation.

Earlier today, Cheshire East council leader Sam Corcoran revealed that some areas of the borough “have already moved on to vaccinating those under-70”.

Cllr Corcoran said: “The vaccination programme is going well in Cheshire East.

“The target of vaccinating all over 70s, all clinically extremely vulnerable, and all frontline health and care workers by mid-February looks set to be met.

“Some areas have already moved on to vaccinating those under-70.

“That target relates to the first dose of the vaccine, and the vaccines are not effective until a fortnight after you have received the first dose — and are not fully effective after you have received the second dose — so please do still follow the rules, even if you have been vaccinated.”

The NHS England information shows that 439,242 vaccine doses have been administered in our region.

Elsewhere in the north west, Lancashire and South Cumbrian officials have given 91.8 per cent of over-80s their first dose, and 86.5 per cent of that demographic have had that in Greater Manchester.

Yesterday, the government announced that more than 10 million people had received their first jab of a Covid-19 vaccine across the UK.

One Comment

  1. Susan Withers says:

    Excellent. I received mine on 1st feb at Alsager pharmacy. Excellent organisation

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