More than 200,000 coronavirus vaccine jabs have been administered by healthcare workers across Cheshire and Merseyside in the fight back against Covid-19.

New NHS England data shows that from December 8, 2020 to January 17, 2021 a total of 174,592 first dose jabs were delivered across the two counties, plus a further 26,628 quantities of the second booster dose.

Of the first dose jabs, 80,336 were given to people over the age of 80, with 94,226 given to other priority categories.

But more over 80s have received the second dose - 17,638 - compared to 8,990 under 80s, who have now had both injections.

The figures include vaccinations administered in hospital hubs, local vaccination service sites (such as GP practices) and vaccination centres, with the Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) of Cheshire and Merseyside presented as a combined figure.

The figures, which will now be reported on weekly, come from the National Immunisation Management Service (NIMS), which is the System of Record for the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme in England.

Vaccination centres in West Cheshire are rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine.

Appointments are by invitation only and are currently for the following priority groups:

  • Priority Group 1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • Priority Group 2 – All those aged 80 years and over and frontline Health and Care Workers
  • Priority Group 3 – All those aged 75 years of age and over
  • Priority Group 4 – All those aged 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)

More than half million vaccination jabs have been administered across the North West so far, with 487, 397 first doses and 59,817 booster jabs.