Covid-19: North-east England leads race to vaccinate over-80s

North-east England leads race to vaccinate over-80s

1/14/2021 6:59:00 PM

North-east England leads race to vaccinate over-80s

More than 45% of this priority group has now been vaccinated, compared with about 30% in London.

The figures show that in the Midlands more vaccine doses had been administered to all people in the top priority groups - 387,647 - than in any other area of England. In London, a total of 199,986 first doses were given and in the East the figure was 186,291.

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These include care home residents, frontline heath and care staff, the over-80s and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill and dying from the Covid-19.The percentage of the whole population to have received a first dose so far ranged from 4.3% in the north-east and Yorkshire to 2.2% in London.

Mr Khan said he was "hugely concerned" that Londoners had received only one-tenth of the vaccines that had been given across the country."The situation in London is critical with rates of the virus extremely high, which is why it's so important that vulnerable Londoners are given access to the vaccine as soon as possible," he said.

He said he would hold talks with vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi to ensure more vaccines were delivered to reflect the level of need in the city.London has a younger average population than other parts of England and the smallest number of people aged over 80 compared with other regions.

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Is there a big shiny trophy up for grabs 🏆 At what point did it become a regional race? Had yours yet, lesthemackem ? Over80. 😉😎