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Coronavirus vaccine insight offered by Nottinghamshire's public health experts




More than 225,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been given to residents across the county.

Public health experts said approximately 50,000 doses are currently being given per week in Nottinghamshire — and that figure is set to improve.

Dr Andrew Haynes, medical director for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said the progress was good, but reported there was still a long way to go.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Global Pandemic Data Visualization. 3D illustration. (43578033)
Coronavirus Covid-19 Global Pandemic Data Visualization. 3D illustration. (43578033)

"We have vaccinated 95% of care homes and have plans to catch up with those we have not been able to vaccinate in the coming weeks," said Dr Haynes.

"We have vaccinated 93% of 80+ year old's, 99% of the 75 to 79 age group and 90% of the 70 to 74 age group.

"In the 65 to 69 age group, which was the last cohort we opened up to, we are at 72% and that is increasing by the day.

Newark's vaccination centre opens at Newark Showground. (43981893)
Newark's vaccination centre opens at Newark Showground. (43981893)

"We are making good progress however we recognize there are still several thousand residents in those cohorts left. We have sent reminders to those individuals who have not yet booked their appointment.

"We know in keeping with the national data there are some populations, particularly among black and ethnic minorities, where the uptake is lower and we are working on more agile methods to get the vaccine out to all those who are left.

"We have roving teams in the community who are helping to deliver that."

Dr Haynes also praised the volunteers and NHS staff for their continuous effort.

He also revealed that more than 500 covid-related patients are currently are in beds across the county's hospitals, which is 75% higher than the April peak. However, that figure continues to decline.



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