Around 35% of the Island’s entire population have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, it has been revealed.
Data published by NHS England, recorded on the National Immunisation Management Service database, breaks down vaccine doses by clinical commissioning groups (CCG) for the first time.
It has been confirmed that on the Isle of Wight, a total of 49,475 doses have been administered to date, between 8th December 2020 and 14th February 2021. That number is made of up 47,586 first doses and 1,889 second doses. This is much higher than previous estimates of around 30,000 vaccinations, highlighting the fantastic effort being put in by the NHS, volunteers and residents to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Amazingly, more than 97% of over 70s on the Isle of Wight have been given their first COVID vaccine, a total of 28,923 people. Some 18,663 people under the age of 70 have received their first jab. However, that means that 3% of those most at risk have either said no, or have been unable to take the vaccine.
In mid-2016, the Island’s population was estimated to be around 140,000 with 25,000 Under-18s living locally. That means around 43% of the Island’s adult population have now received the first dose. By May, it is hoped that all over 50s will have been vaccinated which would take the Island’s total to around 92,000 – or 80% of the adult population.
As a result of the focus being on vaccinating as many people as possible with an initial dose, less than 4% of those vaccinated have received their second dose – a total of 1,889 people, made up of 324 under 70s and 1,565 over 70s. The emphasis is starting to change and second doses will be given in the next few weeks ahead of the 12-week deadline.
The next cohorts of people identified as being a priority are now being invited to have their vaccines, including those over 65.
The Isle of Wight CCG recently announced everyone in the top 4 vaccine cohorts – residents in care homes for older adults, those aged between 70 and 80, the clinically extremely vulnerable and frontline health and social care workers – have all been offered the jab.
At the St Mary’s Hospital vaccine hub, which has now closed until second doses of the Pfizer vaccine are issued, 8,155 frontline health and social care workers were given vaccines in less than a month.
The Government hopes that all over 50s will be vaccinated by May, paving the way for a Great British Summer on the Isle of Wight. Across the UK, a staggering 16.5 million people have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with positive tests, deaths and hospital admissions all falling sharply.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out the Government’s plans for unlocking the country on Monday (22nd February).