One third of people in Preston have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.
NHS data shows 39,395 people had received a vaccine jab by February 28 – equating to 35 per cent of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
Of those vaccinated, 20,216 were aged 65 or over – 96 per cent of the age group.
It means 19,179 people aged between 16 and 64 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
The data also reveals variation in coverage between different areas across Preston.
The proportion of residents prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged over 65, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.
Areas with the highest coverage:
1) Broughton and Wychnor, with 54.5 per cent of people aged 16 and over given their first dose
2) Fulwood, 51 per cent
3) Cadley and College, 49.9 per cent
Areas with the lowest coverage:
1) St George's, 16.7 per cent
2) Preston Town Centre, 19.2 per cent
3) St Matthew's, 21.5 per cent
Across England, 17.2m people had received their first dose of a vaccine by February 28, covering 38 per cent of the population aged 16 and over.
That includes 9.7m people aged 65 and over – 94% of the age group.
A small number of people are not included due to their age being unknown.
This week nearly 2m people aged 60 to 63 were sent letters inviting them to book a coronavirus jab.
It follows the NHS writing to almost 450,000 people aged 64 last week over getting a first dose, as well as 600,000 at-risk individuals who have recently been asked to shield.
The Government has pledged to offer vaccinations to everyone aged over 50 by the end of April.