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Covid-19 vaccination league table for England: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough lead the way for first doses

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are leading the way in the Covid-19 vaccination league table, analysis by the Cambridge Independent shows.

The area has administered first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine to a higher proportion of its population than anywhere else, we can reveal.

A Covid-19 vaccine
A Covid-19 vaccine

As our table below shows, jabs had been given to 88.2 per cent of those aged 80 and over in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by January 31, and to an impressive 92.9 per cent of those aged 75-79, while 56.8 per cent of those in the age range 70-74 had already received their first dose.

Adding these percentages together gives Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a higher score (237.9) than any other health authority area of England.

Next is Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (230.6), with Coventry and Warwickshire (224.7) in third, Our Healthier South East London (224.5) in fourth and

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria (224.2) completing the top five.

Our table below details vaccinations to the end of January for all the health authority areas in England, and you can search by their name. Hover over the bars to show the percentage of people in each age group given their first jab.

We also detail the percentages of those in each group who have got their second dose.

The final column details the total number of vaccinations administered in each area.

You can see who is top - or bottom - for the first dose or total doses statistics by clicking on the column name to toggle from highest to lowest.

Bottom of the first dose vaccination table is Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, which has a combined score of just 164.6. The average score for England is 205.8.

The area that has administered the most jabs overall is Cumbria and the North East, with 493,878, with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership in second, having given 452,872 jabs by the end of January.

Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin is the area that has administered the lowest number - 72,626.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has delivered 153,641 jabs, while neighbouring Suffolk and North East Essex has administered 165,708. The Hertfordshire and West Essex area has given out 223,865 jabs.

Some 10.8 per cent of those 80 and over in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have had their second jabs. The highest proportion here is in Northamptonshire, where 23.2 per cent of those 80 and over have had both doses.

A vaccine, with an image of the Covid-19 virus behind
A vaccine, with an image of the Covid-19 virus behind

Earlier in the vaccination programme, there were concerns that the East was lagging behind most other areas of the country, and MPs pushed for greater supply to region. However, figures for individual health authority areas, such as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, have only recently become available.

More than 10,000 people have received vaccinations at the Deakin Centre by Addenbrooke’s Hospital, including more than 6,000 NHS staff.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and its partners have also opened several large-scale vaccination centres - at The Grafton Centre in Cambridge, City Care Centre in Peterborough, The Oak Tree Centre in Huntingdon and, on Friday (February 5), at Unit 55 (former supermarket), Horsefair Shopping Centre, Churchill Road, Wisbech. These add to the hospital hubs and groups of GP practices offering the jabs.

The first two pharmacies in the region joining the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations were also revealed this week - Superdrug in Cambridge and Halls Pharmacy in Orton Wistow, Peterborough.

Anthony Browne, Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, recently visited The Grafton centre in Cambridge - after testing negative - to see the large-scale vaccination hub in action.

Elsie Smith receives the Covid-19 vaccine at The Grafton. Picture: Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Elsie Smith receives the Covid-19 vaccine at The Grafton. Picture: Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

He called it “inspiring”, and said: “It is staffed by redeployed health workers and soldiers, supported by volunteers including from the fire service and civilians. It can deliver over 500 of the AstraZeneca vaccines a day.

“It is an impressively well-oiled machine, and staff reported no obstacles or issues. The members of the public there that I spoke to were all utterly delighted to get their jab, and reported no side effects.

“After a slowish start in Cambridgeshire, the vaccination programme has really ramped up in the last fortnight and we are well on track to vaccinate all over 70s, healthcare workers and clinically vulnerable by February 15.

“Like the country nationally, the major constraint is the supply of vaccines, which is lumpy. I have been liaising closely with local NHS and feeding back to ministers to smooth over any obstacles.

“For those worried about the second jab, the NHS has a plan to roll that out from March, and you will get the same vaccine as you had in the first dose.

Muhammed Tuta Miah receives the Covid-19 vaccine at The Grafton. Picture: Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Muhammed Tuta Miah receives the Covid-19 vaccine at The Grafton. Picture: Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

“I want to pay tribute to all those who have helped roll out the vaccination programme across Cambridgeshire. And a special thanks to Jacqui Taylor, operations manager, and Julia McLean, clinical lead, who welcomed me to The Grafton centre. You are all doing life-savingly important work.”

The figures come as the government announced that it expected everyone aged 50 and over to have had a Covid-19 vaccination by May.

By Thursday (February 4), nearly 11 million people in the UK had received their first jab, and the government aims to reach 15 million by February 15 to vaccinate the top four priority groups.

Vaccination of under-50s is expected to take into the autumn.

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