Areas of Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford with the highest Covid vaccine coverage
More than two in five people in Wakefield have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.
NHS data shows 118,950 people received a vaccine jab by March 7 – equating to 42% of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those vaccinated, 77,610 were aged 60 or over – 89% of the age group.
It means 41,340 people aged between 16 and 59 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
The data also reveals variation in coverage between different areas across Wakefield.
The proportion of residents prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged over 60, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.
Areas with the highest coverage:
1) Sandal, with 54.9% of people aged 16 and over given their first dose
2) Pontefract South West, 52.4%
3) Walton, Woolley & Bretton, 50.6%
Areas with the lowest coverage:
1) Wakefield St John's, 29.7%
2) Wakefield Central, 30.5%
3) Agbrigg & Belle Isle, 31.2%
Across England, 19 million people had received their first dose of a vaccine by March 7, covering 42% of the population aged 16 and over.
That includes 12 million people aged 60 and over – 89% 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.