Fewer than 500 people were given the first dose of a Covid vaccine on the Isle of Wight last week.
The emphasis, however, is shifting to inviting the next age group in for their first vaccinations — the over 45s.
In the week between 4th and 11th April, 498 first Covid vaccinations were given to Isle of Wight residents, bring the total number of people to have received at least their first dose to 88,348 people, or 73.7% of the Island’s 16+ population.
Data recorded by the National Immunisation Management Service database, published by NHS England, shows in the under 50s cohort, 19,467 people have now had their first dose.
With a shortage in the number of vaccine doses in the last fortnight, the focus has been and will continue to be, on providing second doses to those who had received their first vaccination in January, so it can fit within the 12-week timeframe provided for both stages.
A change in the way the data has been recorded means specific data for the Isle of Wight is now less readily available.
With the combination of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Hampshire, Southampton, and the Isle of Wight, vaccination figures are now combined whereas before data was recorded by the three separate CCGs.
Across the new CCG area (Hampshire, Southampton, and the Island) 1,056,272 Covid vaccines have been given — 860,742 first and 195,530 second doses.