Hampshire is 13th best area for vaccine roll-out for over-80s in England
MORE than 95 per cent of over-80s in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have received their first Covid-19 vaccine jab.
NHS England data published today shows 457,898 people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have had their first dose, with 21,163 receiving a second dose.
Across the region, more than 355,700 over-80s have had their first dose of a vaccine – meaning that 96 per cent of the age group have now had a jab.
It places the NHS area as the 13th best for vaccinating the over-80s out of 42 areas across England.
Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said the country-leading result was thanks to the hard work of NHS teams and volunteers across the city and the county.
She said: ‘We all owe huge thanks and appreciation for all the efforts that are going on to ensure that we reach everyone.
‘Our own local teams are leading the way – they have done an amazing job chasing down the last few people that have not come forward.
‘But we all have a role. If you have a neighbour who you know has not had the jab, or someones lives on your street who hasn’t had it, give them a ring and remind them.’
The MP said that epidemiologists believe every 250 jabs administered save a life that would have otherwise been lost due to Covid-19.
Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan encouraged all of those in priority groups to take up a vaccine when offered.
He said: ‘Our NHS staff, armed forces and volunteers deserve huge congratulations on the ongoing successful roll-out of the vaccination programme.
‘They are true heroes who make not only our city, but the whole country, proud.
‘These latest figures show their dedication and commitment and demonstrate how the vaccination is already saving lives.’
So far in England, more than 13.3 million doses have been administered, with first doses going to 10,192,685 under-80s, while 2,649,791 have gone to the over-80s.
Second doses have been administered to 147,000 under-80s and 340,689 over-80s.
It comes as the number of beds occupied by Covid patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital have dropped.
Data published records 254 Covid patients as of February 16, down from 270 on February 9.