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Half of adults in Peterborough received first Covid vaccine

Half of all adults in the Peterborough local authority had been given their first vaccine as of May 16, but the data shows that 16% of those over 50 have yet to book their first appointment.
Half of Peterborough adults had been given the vaccine as of May 16, but some over 50s have yet to take up the offer

As of May 16, a total of 97,112 people had been given at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine across the Peterborough local authority. This is a 4,063 increase on the week before.

Of these, 51,963 have also received their second dose. This is an increase of 7,022 on last week's figures.

The programme has now extended to all those over the age of 34, after a slowing down of the rollout in April to begin administering second doses.

Half (52%) of people aged between 40 and 44 have now had their first appointment in Peterborough, although across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG the data shows 82.8% of 40 to 44 year olds are protected with the first jab.

A total of 61,615 people over the age of 50 have now been vaccinated in Peterborough, out of an estimated 72,995 living in the local authority within this age bracket. This means that around 16% of residents over 50 have yet to take up the offer of a Covid jab.

Earlier this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock voiced his frustration that some people are still not getting the coronavirus vaccine, amid fears of the spread of the variant first identified in India.

Mr Hancock said the majority of people admitted to hospital in Bolton, which has seen the biggest outbreak of the B1.617.2 variant, had been eligible for the jab but had not taken it up.

However, Dr Zubaida Haque, who is a member of independent Sage, told Good Morning Britain: "The Health Secretary has suggested that this is about vaccine hesitancy, but at the moment his conclusion seems to be based on hospitalisations in Bolton of 18 people, of which a third have been vaccinated.

"Now he’s suggesting that of the 11 or 12 they didn’t have their vaccine when they were offered, but we don’t know why they didn’t take up their vaccine – it may have been medical reasons, it may have been other reasons.

"With vaccine hesitancy, there are a wide variety of reasons that people are hesitant and nervous about taking up the vaccine.

"The research has shown that it is about anxieties and concerns ranging from side effects, to whether the vaccine will work, to whether it will affect fertility, to people having underlying illnesses and wondering whether it will affect them.

"And then, of course, there are issues with some communities about long-term distrust.

"The most important thing with vaccine hesitancy is not to blame, it’s not to stigmatise, is not to point the finger, but to ask those communities: What are their concerns? And help them to take up the vaccine."

Across the East of England, 5,707,675 doses have been given in total since the programme began on December 8.