Midlands tops England’s vaccination table

David Hughes, PA Political Editor
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More vaccine doses have been administered in the Midlands than any other area of England, official figures showed.

A total of 447,329 doses have been administered in the region, the first to vaccinate a patient as part of the programme, with 387,647 people having received at least one injection.

The North East and Yorkshire has delivered 433,045 doses with 370,694 first doses administered, according to the NHS England figures, which run up to January 10.

The data, the first time a regional breakdown has been given, shows that 2,371,407 jabs were given between December 8 and January 10, including both first and second doses.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan claimed the capital was not getting its fair share of vaccine doses, with 237,524 doses delivered.

The Labour mayor said: “I am hugely concerned that Londoners have received only a 10th of the vaccines that have 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 would hold talks with vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi “to ensure that we urgently receive an amount of the vaccine that reflects our size, density and the level of need in our city”.

The NHS insisted that London was getting its “fair share” of vaccine supply.

A spokesman for the NHS in London said: “We have more than 100 vaccination sites up and running across London, including the NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre in the ExCeL London, and more are opening all the time.

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“London is getting its fair share of vaccine supply for the priority groups we have to vaccinate by mid-February.”

Prime Minister 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.

There were 318,445 vaccinations in the North West, 411,257 in the South East, 285,332 in the South West and 236,023 in the East of England.

There were also 2,452 listed as other, including some people who live in Scotland and Wales.

The Midlands delivered the first vaccine as part of the programme, when Margaret Keenan received the Pfizer/BioNTech jab in December.

Margaret Keenan
Margaret Keenan was the first person in the UK to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital, Coventry (Jacob King/PA)

In total in England, 1,036,605 people aged 80 or over have received a first dose, while 960,699 were given to those under 80.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister told MPs: “There are parts of the country where they have done incredibly well in, for instance, vaccinating the over-80s.

“We are well over 50% now in the North East and Yorkshire; less good in some other parts of the country.”

The figures do indicate that about half of all people aged 80 and over in north-east England and Yorkshire have received their first dose.

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

Separate figures from NHS England show that nearly a quarter (23%) of all first doses of Covid-19 vaccine 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.