Health & Fitness Covid good news! More than a THIRD have had jab as 24million vaccinated - rollout MAPPED
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DR ELLIE CANNON: Hallelujah! In a single word, Christine, 79, summed up the mood of the nation. Considering I'd just jabbed her in the arm with a needle, it's not the reaction I expected.Because that needle delivered her first dose of the Covid vaccine, and this jab means so much to so many. Christine went on her way 15 minutes later, absolutely delighted.
The Covid vaccine has been given out more than 24million times as it stands, representing more than one third of the whole country's population having been jabbed, according todata. The latest figures are excellent news for Britain, giving hope to millions that the roadmap out of lockdown - set out by Boris Johnson last month - may be able to continue as planned. The Prime Minister's spokesman said in a statement: "You're starting to see the results of the vaccine programme in terms of the (lower) number of cases we're seeing across the country, the number of deaths, number of hospitalisations.'"
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COVID vaccine uptake in the UK smashed expectations, with nearly 100 percent of people willing to come forward for their inoculation since the UK's programme started this year. New charts have revealed uptake rates around the UK.Statistics from the NHS, which tracks the number of vaccines administered every week, show uptake is near 100 percent across the board.
We're all looking for a shred of good news with coronavirus right now, and the latest data from NHS England seems to bring that hope.
The figures show that from December 8 until March 9, 18.96million people in Britain have had at least their first dose of the vaccine.
Of those vaccinated, a further 796,574 people have had their second dose, too.
The same data shows as of March 5, there are 257 hospital hubs, 1,034 local vaccination sites, 224 community pharmacies and 124 vaccination centres on hand to immunise the population.
You can see from the map above which areas are leading the way with the Covid vaccine rollout, with the south west of England having vaccinated some 17.4 percent of its population.
Northern Ireland expands Covid jab roll-out to over-45s
Northern Ireland's NHS is now inviting everyone over 45 to book their appointment at a vaccination centre or one of 350 pharmacies deploying the jabs. Confirming the latest expansion, Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann said: 'I would encourage everyone who is eligible to get the jab as soon as possible.The 49-year-old added: 'I have something of an interest to declare with today's announcement as I fall into the 45-49 age group. I am looking forward to getting my jab very shortly.
Sadly, the data also shows London lagging behind, with just eight percent having had their first dose - with 667,367 people being jabbed compared to some 1.4 million in the midlands, for instance.
While the graph you can see below shows the percentage of people who have had at least one dose of the vaccine according to their age group and by location.
For example, 100 percent of 75 to 79-year-olds have had the jab in the east of England, Midlands, north east England and Yorkshire, and both the south east and the south west. London has had an 89.3 percent take up.
The data also shows an average of 69.4 percent of people aged 60 t 64 have had their first dose of the vaccine.
However, what is clear from the figures is a regional divide between the rollout.
Separate data from Public Health Wales shows that while nearly half Torfaen's over-80s have had two doses of the Covid jab, it is only 0.1% in Pembrokeshire - amounting to just nine over-80s.
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Care Forum Wales, a group that represents more than 450 care homes in Wales, has said these new figures - which seem to indicate vast differences in the rollout across Wales - are "baffling and a cause for concern."
Figures stated are accurate as of March 9, and are expected to be updated in the coming weeks, as more information becomes available.
As it stands, it's the turn of over-56s to get the Covid jab, some of which should have received their invitation this week.
The Government hopes the 32million people in the top nine priority groups will be vaccinated by April 15, with everyone aged 18 and over at least offered a vaccine by the end of July comes around.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed a third of the population has now been vaccinated.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock also confirmed that more than nine in 10 of those aged 65 and over, and nearly nine in 10 people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, have received a first dose.
First person to get Covid jab encourages everyone to get second dose
Maggie Keenan, 91, from Coventry, praised 'incredible' staff for the UK's successful vaccine drive while speaking to NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens on a Zoom call. Maggie Keenan, 91, from Coventry, praised 'incredible' staff for the UK's successful vaccine drive while speaking to NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens in a Zoom call.
Mr Hancock said: "It's an extraordinary feat and we remain on track to offer a first vaccine to all adults by July 31. We are now inviting people aged 56 to 59 to get their jabs."
People aged between 40 and 49 will be the first group to be invited to receive a vaccine once the over-50s and the most vulnerable have had theirs, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced.
Some parts of England have been well ahead of the curve when it comes to vaccinating their populations.
A few regions have successfully vaccinated more than half of their adult populations against COVID-19.
A total of 21 local authorities, including regions of Suffolk, Devon and North Norfolk, had more than 50 percent of over-16s given their first dose of the vaccine by March 7, according to NHS England.
Among healthcare authorities, more than half of adults in Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have now received at least their first dose.
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In comparison, parts of London still have about 16 percent of their over-70s yet to receive even their first dose.
Based on 2019 population estimated from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), only 89.3 percent of Londoners between 75 and 79 have had their first dose, and 83.5 percent of the over 80s.
The Government's scientific advisors have recommended the vaccination rollout continue by age once the main priority groups have been completed.
There are now signs of second dose administration ramping up, with accelerations among older age groups.
The East of England has now fully vaccinated the highest proportion of over-80s at 17.8 percent.
In Wales, a total of 1,034,141 people have been given their first dose of the Covid vaccine - 32.8 percent of the population - with 221,902 - or seven percent - now having been fully vaccinated.
The Public Health Wales figures also show more than 28 percent of care home residents and 20 percent of 75 to 79-year-olds have now had both doses.
The figures revealed more than 94 of over-80s have received the first dose .
Why do we still tell people to isolate - even after two jabs? .
Currently, the 20 million fully vaccinated Britons are subject to the same inconveniences as everyone else, but some experts say these rules are trailing behind the science. Speaking to The Mail on Sunday's Medical Minefield podcast, Professor Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco, says: 'I don't think this is a good idea and actually here in the US, the government has recommended otherwise.