MORE than 40,000 people across Herefordshire and Worcestershire had the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine last week, latest NHS figures reveal.

It means more than 90 per cent of over-70s have been given their first dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

The latest figures from NHS England, which cover up to Sunday (February 14), show 226,241 jabs have now been given in the two counties.

The numbers are not broken down further by NHS England, but they do show a further 40,732 people were given their first jab in the week to February 14.


In total, it means 226,241 doses have been given to date.

Of those, 224,300 were as first doses and 1,941 as second doses – which patients get around 12 weeks after the first.

Using population estimates from the Office for National Statistics, it shows around 95 per cent of 70 to 74-year-olds have had their first jab, almost 100 per cent of 75 to 79-year-olds and 97 per cent of those aged over 80.

In addition to this 92,581 first doses have also been given to a population of around 515,630 16 to 69-year-olds – 30,000 more than had had the jab the week before.

The provisional figures from NHS England show the number of first doses broken down by so-called Sustainability & Transformational Partnerships (STPs), each of which contains a number of local authorities, NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

People aged 16 to 64 are now being invited for their jabs in east Herefordshire, Ledbury's GP surgery said.

Doctors are now contacting people in that age group, but with underlying health conditions, to attend a clinic at Ledbury Community Hall.

The clinic is a combined effort between surgeries in Bromyard, Colwall, Cradley and Ledbury, and serves patients from all five.

They fall into cohort six of the Government's coronavirus vaccine priority list.


On February 12, Ledbury Health Partnership, which runs the town's two GP surgeries, said: "We have had confirmation of our next three batches of vaccinations and these will arrive in the form of two vials of Pfizer and one vial of Oxford/Astrazeneca.

"This will allow us to start administering these vaccinations over the next two weeks, commencing on Tuesday, February 16, and moving to cohort six: adults aged 16 to 65 in an at risk group.

"For ease of explanation, this cohort is for those patients who have an underlying health condition who would normally receive an invitation to have an annual influenza vaccination.

"To avoid any further confusion, patients in cohort five, all those aged 65 years of age and over, will be invited to the mass vaccination centres and will not be invited into the clinics held at the Ledbury Community Hall at this stage.

"This will allow two cohorts to be vaccinated concurrently without interference between the mass vaccination centres' and individual practices' booking systems.

"Those patients in cohort six, who will be invited by Ledbury Health Partnership will be sent a text message to their mobile phone number over the next few days in order for them to book an appointment online via AccuBook.

"Patients who do not have a mobile phone will be contacted separately via their landline by a member of our reception team."