Over 40 per cent of adults in Derbyshire have now had their Covid-19 vaccinations
More than 40 per cent of everyone in Derbyshire aged 16 and above have had their Covid-19 vaccinations
The latest vaccination data from NHS England shows that 346,001 Derby and Derbyshire residents have now received their first Covid-19 vaccine doses, as of February 28.
Analysis by the Local Democracy Reporting Service shows that Derbyshire has vaccinated 41.15 per cent of all residents aged 16 and over and 95.15 per cent of all residents aged 65 and above.
This places the county, through Joined Up Care Derbyshire, an organisation overseeing all health and social care authorities, in 14th and 15th place respectively out of the 42 health partnerships in England.
Data also shows the proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic residents who have had their first jabs.
Out of all of the more than 346,000 jabs which have been administered, BAME residents make up just six per cent, despite representing 14.45 per cent of the county and city as of the 2011 census.
The six per cent, however, is a minor improvement on the previous week of data.
Derbyshire vaccinated more people in the most recent week than it did in the previous set of data, vaccinating 44,364 further residents between February 21 and 28.
The jabs which have been administered in the county so far have been to priority groups one to six.
These are: residents in care homes and their carers; patients who are aged 80 years or over and frontline health and social care workers; patients aged 75 years and over; and patients aged 70 years and over, residents aged 16-69 years who are clinically extremely vulnerable; patients aged 65-69 years old patients aged 16-64 years who have a specific underlying health conditions which leave them more at risk from Covid-19.
In mid-February, William Jones, chief operating officer at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and the lead of the vaccination programme in the county and city, said that Derbyshire aims to vaccinate all those in groups five and six by mid-March.
These groups, patients aged 65-69 years and patients aged 16-64 years who have specific underlying health conditions which leave them more at risk from Covid-19, started receiving their vaccinations on Feb 15.
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, announced last month that he aims to have offered Covid-19 vaccines to all those in priority groups 5-9 by mid-April.
This includes all patients 50 and above as well as those with specific underlying health conditions.
Mr Johnson also announced that he hopes to have offered Covid jabs to all adults by the end of July.
Once all residents aged 50 and above have been vaccinated, the next groups to receive jabs will be: All those aged 40-49; all those aged 30-39; and all those aged 18-29.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises the government on this priority order, also stresses there is a need to prioritise vaccines for men; BAME residents; people who are clinically obese; and people who are living in deprived neighbourhoods.