Over a third of Dorset and Devon residents have now had a COVID vaccine

vaccineMORE than 260,000 people in Dorset have received a coronavirus vaccine so far – 34.2% of the county’s population.

And in Devon, more than 370,000 people have received a jab, a total of 31.3% of the population.

In its weekly data release, NHS England has published vaccination figures by constituency for the first time.

Christchurch leads the way among the 55 constituencies in the whole of the South West, with an estimated 44.5% of its population having received at least one dose.

The next highest figures in Dorset are South Dorset (37.6%), West Dorset (35.5%) and Mid Dorset and North Poole (35.2%).

Putting the constituency statistics together, Dorset is the leading county in the South West.

In Devon, Totnes has the highest vaccination figure (39.2%), followed by Torridge & West Devon (37.3%), and South West Devon and Newton Abbot (both 33.7%).

East Devon has vaccinated a total of 35,026, which is 32.4% of the population.

With the UK vaccination programme averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, the Prime Minister aims to ensure every adult is offered a jab by the end of July.

More than 19 million people across the country have received a vaccine so far, equivalent to one in three adults, including more than 1.7 million in the South West.

This is the third highest per capita, behind only the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the UK – China and the USA.

Everyone in the top four priority groups has now been offered a vaccine and invites are now going out to those in priority groups five to nine.

The latest figures show that two-thirds of those aged 65 to 69 have now been vaccinated.

Julian Ellacott, chairman of South West Conservatives, has praised the success of the vaccination programme, commenting: “The vaccination roll-out continues to be a great success in the South West and across the country.

“Over 1.7 million people in the South West have now had at least one dose – over 30% of the population – thanks to a huge team effort from NHS staff, volunteers and everyone else involved.

“I urge everyone to have their vaccine when called on, as every jab will bring us one step closer to normality.”

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