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Covid vaccine: one-third of people in their 40s still to get first dose

All those aged 25 and over have now been invited to book their first Covid-19 vaccine - but only two-thirds of those over 40 have had their first jab.
Nearly 12,000 people aged between 40 and 49 in Peterborough have yet to have their first vaccine appointment

In statistics released by NHS England yesterday, June 10, it was revealed that as of June 6, 108,339 (56%) of people in the Peterborough local authority had received their first Covid vaccine.

A total of 71,842 have also had their second vaccine, meaning around 37% Peterborough residents are considered fully vaccinated.

The age group with the lowest percentage of people vaccinated is those under 30, as most were ineligible for the period covered by this data.

All those in their 30s have been able to book their appointments since May 26, but only 40% takeup has been recorded so far, with 17,172 jabs administered out of a population of 43,030.

Among those aged between 40 and 49, around 66% of people have accepted their first appointment, meaning one-third are still to take up the offer of a vaccine.

Nearly 80% of people in their 50s have had their first vaccine, with 85% of those in their 60s inoculated.

For those in their 70s and those over 80, more than 90% of each age bracket has received a first jab.

NHS officials stated that when the booking system opened for those aged 25 to 29, there was a "Glastonbury-style" surge of traffic with more than 1m vaccines booked on June 8 alone.

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS in England, said: "Enthusiasm for the biggest and most successful vaccination programme remains strong as bookings for the lifesaving jab reached an all-time high yesterday and the obvious enthusiasm of younger adults to get their jab has blown out of the water the suggestion that people in their 20s might not come forward to protect themselves and their loved ones.

"The Covid-19 vaccine is still the best protection against coronavirus and as further supplies become available to us week by week it’s great that we’ve seen 25 to 29-year-olds sending bookings to blockbuster levels, following hard on the heels of the millions of others.

"Getting the lifesaving Covid-19 jab is the most important thing you can do, so book your appointment and get that vital protection. Remember: when you get the text, you’re next."