A quarter of people in Central Beds now fully vaccinated against Covid-19

The latest NHS data also shows that 66 per cent of people aged over 16 have had one jab

Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:49 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:50 pm
A quarter of people are now fully vaccinated, according to NHS figures

A quarter of people in Central Bedfordshire have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

NHS data shows 56,549 people had received both jabs by May 2 – 24 per cent of those aged 16 and over, based on the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Of those to have received both jabs, 49,099 were aged 45 and over – 38 per cent of the age group.

It means 7,450 people aged between 16 to 44 have received both doses.

Across England, more than a quarter of people aged 16 and over have received their second vaccine dose.

It has led to a forecast from the Bank of England that the economy will grow this year at its fastest pace since the Second World War.

The Bank predicts gross domestic product (GDP) – a measure of the size of the economy – will rebound by 7.25 per cent in 2021, up from its previous prediction of 5% and the best year of growth since official records began in 1948.

The Bank said: “New Covid cases in the United Kingdom have continued to fall, the vaccination program is proceeding apace, and restrictions on economic activity are easing.”

The NHS vaccine data also reveals variation in coverage for residents who had received at least one dose between different areas across Central Bedfordshire.

Across Central Bedfordshire, 66 per cent of those aged 16 and over have had one jab.

Areas with the highest coverage:

1) Houghton Conquest & Clophill, with 76.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over given their first dose

2) Eaton Bray, Whipsnade & Holywell, 75.9 per cent

3) Blunham, Caldecote & Broom, 74.9 per cent

Areas with the lowest coverage:

1) Houghton Regis North, 53.4 per cent

2) Houghton Regis South, 58 per cent

3) Dunstable Central, 58.6 per cent

Across England, 12.9 million people had received a second dose of the jab by May 2 – 28 per cent of the population aged over 16 and over.

That includes 11.1 million people aged 45 and over – 45 per cent of the age group.

In total, 28.8 million people had received at least one dose of a vaccine by the same date, covering 63 per cent of people over 16.

Despite the success of the rollout, many staff at care homes in Central Bedfordshire have not been vaccinated.

The figures show 1316 out of 1680 eligible staff, including agency workers, at older adult care homes had received a first dose by May 2 – meaning 22 per cent have not had a jab.

The Government is currently in consultation over plans to make the jab mandatory for staff over concerns for residents.