Covid 19: Almost all people aged 65 and over now vaccinated in Gloucestershire

More than nine in 10 people aged 65 and over in Gloucestershire have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

NHS data shows 191,885 people in the Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group area had received their first jab by February 21.

Of those, 129,820 were aged 65 or over ­– equating to 94 per cent of the population in that age group, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Across England, around 9.4 million people aged 65 and over had received their first dose of a vaccine by February 21, covering 90 per cent of the age group – although the dosage figure includes a handful of people with registered addresses in Scotland or Wales.

A small number of people are also not included due to their age being unknown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said first jabs had now been offered to everyone in the top four vaccine priority groups – consisting of older care home residents, care home workers, people aged over 70, frontline health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

Vaccinations are now being provided to those next up in the priority groups – people aged 65 and over, carers and those aged 16 and over with a condition which puts them at a higher risk of serious illness and death from Covid-19.

The Government has pledged to offer vaccinations to everyone aged over 50 by the end of April.

The data also shows 62,065 people aged between 16 and 64 in Gloucestershire had received a first vaccination dose.

It means 37 per cent of people aged 16 and over living in the area have received their first jab.

After the first dose of the vaccine, people should receive a follow-up jab within 12 weeks, according to current guidance.

Across Gloucestershire, 3,610 people had received their second dose by February 21.

Gazette Series Gloucestershire