9/10 over-75s had first jab

A vaccine needle and vial.

Nearly nine in 10 of Cheshire and Merseyside’s over-75s received their first dose of a covid-19 vaccine by the end of last month.

That’s according to the latest weekly data released by NHS England on Thursday writes local democracy reporter Ethan Davies.

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

The news came a week after Clare Watson, accountable officer of the NHS running Cheshire’s roll-out said she was “confident” targets would be met.

The senior member of NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group 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’s focus remains on giving as many people as possible their first doses, 13.7% of over-80s have had both measures.

Just over four in 10 Cheshire and Merseyside residents (40.4%) aged 70-74 have got the opening portion of the immunisation.

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

Elsewhere in the North West, Lancashire and South Cumbrian officials have given 91.8% of over-80s their first dose, and 86.5% of that demographic have had that in Greater Manchester.