90,000 ISLANDERS RECEIVE FIRST COVID JAB WITH 40,000 NOW FULLY PROTECTED


Nearly 40,000 people on the Isle of Wight have received their second COVID-19 vaccination according to the latest figures.

As the national COVID vaccine rollout continues, 129,433 doses have been given out on the Isle of Wight to those eligible – that is made up of 89,590 first doses and 39,843 second doses.

More than 17,000 vaccines have been given out at the Isle of Wight’s St Mary’s Hospital in Newport.

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With the eligibility age now dropping even lower, allowing 42-year-olds and over to get their first dose, latest NHS England figures show 89,590 received their first jab on the Island between 8th December and 25th April. In the last week of data, to 25th April, 684 new people were given their first half of the inoculation against the virus.

Data, recorded by the National Immunisation Management Service database, for second doses had been unavailable for the last 2 updates as it was recorded by the clinical commissioning group, and the Isle of Wight has now merged with Hampshire and Southampton. Now though, the Isle of Wight’s second vaccine data has been revealed for the first time since 4th April.

In the 2 weeks between updates, 20,798 second doses were given, taking the total number to be given their 2 doses to 39,843.

While the vaccine does protect those who have had it from getting seriously ill or dying from the virus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced earlier this month that a booster vaccine would be given in a national programme at a later date.

Mr Hancock announced yesterday (Wednesday) a further 60 million doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine had been ordered for the booster programme.

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Island Echo