Revealed: Where Covid-19 vaccine coverage is highest and lowest in Luton
More than a quarter of people in Luton have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.
NHS data shows 46,238 people in Luton had received a vaccine jab by February 28. This is around 29% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those vaccinated, 23,291 were aged 65 or over – 86% of the age group.
22,947 people aged between 16 and 64 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 65, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.
Areas with the highest coverage:
1) Warden Hill, with 42.4% of people aged 16 and over given their first dose
2) Bramingham, 42.3%
3) Lewsey South, 41.9%
Areas with the lowest coverage:
1) Central Luton and Park Town, 14.5%
2) New Town, 15.9%
3) Dallow Road, 18.7%
This week, nearly two million people aged 60 to 63 were sent letters inviting them to book a coronavirus jab.
It follows the NHS writing to almost 450,000 people aged 64 last week over getting a first dose, as well as 600,000 at-risk individuals who have recently been asked to shield.
The Government has pledged to offer vaccinations to everyone aged over 50 by the end of April.