Coronavirus latest: Third of people in Luton have received first dose of vaccine
A third of people in Luton have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.
NHS England data shows 55,663 people had received a vaccine jab by March 14 – equating to 35% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those vaccinated, 35,474 were aged 55 or over – 74% of the age group.
It means 20,189 people aged between 16 and 54 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
The data also reveals variation in coverage between different areas across Luton.
The proportion of residents prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged over 55, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.
Areas with the highest coverage:
1) Bramingham, with 49.4% of people aged 16 and over given their first dose
2) Warden Hill, 49.2%
3) Stopsley North, 48.6%
Areas with the lowest coverage:
1) Central Luton & Park Town, 18.4%
2) New Town, 20.3%
3) Dallow Road, 22.3%
Across England, 20.7 million people had received their first dose of a vaccine by March 14, covering 45% of the population aged 16 and over.
That includes 14.5 million people aged 55 and over – 85% of the age group.
A small number of people are not included due to their age being unknown.
The Government has pledged to offer vaccinations to everyone aged over 50 by the end of April.