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Midlands becomes first UK region to give 1,000,000 people a Covid jab

Shoukatali Dahya, 80, receiving an injection of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Birmingham, Midlands (Picture: PA)

The Midlands has administered more than a million first doses of coronavirus vaccines – making it the first region in England to do so. 

It means the area has now given more jabs than many countries across the world.

But new figures from NHS England also show that London is still lagging behind all other regions in terms of the total number of jabs given, having delivered around 641,000 since December 8. The capital also delivered the lowest number of first doses in the last seven days.

Between January 17 and January 23, 362,976 first doses were administered in the Midlands compared to 219,350 in London.

It comes after the capital’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, said on January 18 it was ‘vital’ that vulnerable Londoners be given ‘life-saving’ vaccines as quickly as possible, and that he ‘fully expected’ numbers to increase.

The capital has a lower average age than the rest of the UK, according to data from Trust for London.

Around 3% of London’s population is over 80, compared with 6% in south-west England.

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The NHS England data shows that a total of 5,970,175 vaccinations, including first and second doses, have been administered in England since December 8.

Regional breakdown shows the next highest number of jabs delivered after the Midlands was in the North East and Yorkshire, where 905,794 first doses and 71,725 second doses have been administered – some 977,519 in total.

In third is the South East, with 881,901 first doses and 76,288 second doses making 958,189 given in total, and the North West, where a total of 829,130 jabs have been administered, including 765,617 first doses and 63,513 second doses.

In the East of England, there have been 734,392 jabs in total, of which 680,812 were first doses and 53,580 second doses.

And in the South West, 632,406 first doses and 53,508 second doses – a total of 685,914 – have been given.

UK government data up to January 23 shows of the 6,822,981 jabs given so far, 6,353,321 were first doses – a rise of 491,970 on the previous day’s figures.

Some 469,660 were second doses, an increase of 1,043 on figures released the previous day.

Based on the latest figures, an average of 393,031 first doses of vaccine would be needed each day in order to meet the Government’s target of 15 million first doses by February 15.

Both the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary, Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, have hailed the overall progress of the vaccination effort.

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