Jab numbers up despite vaccine supply delays
The number of people getting their first COVID-19 jab in Hartlepool has risen, despite vaccine supply constraints, new figures show.
Data from NHS England shows that shows that 1,044 first doses of the vaccine were administered in the area in the week to April 11 – 255 more than the week before.
Hartlepool is one of only 23 areas in the country to see a rise in first jabs during the week.
NHS England warned last month that supply issues would mean priority for the jabs would be given to those in the high-risk groups and second doses.
Nationally, 355,000 first doses of the vaccine were administered in the week – the lowest number in five weeks and 47% fewer than the previous week.
A delay in deliveries from India and the need to retest a batch of 1.7 million doses is behind the issues with vaccine supply in April.
Local health leaders were told to focus efforts on the top priority groups in a letter signed by Dr Nikita Kanani, medical director for primary care for the NHS in England.
It said: "Those aged under 49 should not be offered vaccination unless they are clinically vulnerable, an unpaid carer or frontline health and care workers."
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Our vaccination programme continues to make phenomenal progress – with over 40 million vaccines administered so far.
"We have hit our target to offer a vaccine to everyone in phase one of the vaccination programme and we are on track to offer a jab to all adults by the end of July.”