Keighley and Ilkley MP Robbie Moore shares his excitement as figures reveal that as of 18 March 2021*, 36,368 residents across Keighley and Ilkley have received their first Covid vaccine which equates to 50 per cent of the electorate.
These promising figures were followed by the Government’s announcement that over 29 million vaccines across the UK had been administered. This averages at almost 2.7 million doses a week, with over half of the adult population across the country having now received their first dose – following three record-breaking days, with:
- 711,156 vaccines administered on Friday 19 March 2021
- 814,185 vaccines administered on Saturday 20 March 2021
- 844,285 vaccines administered on Sunday 21 March 2021
It has also been confirmed that 95 per cent of people aged 65 and over have been vaccinated with their first dose and 9 in 10 of those clinically extremely vulnerable have also received their first jab. All those aged 50 and over are now being invited for their first jab which means the Government is still on track to have all 32 million people in the top nine priority groups vaccinated by 15 April.
Following the success of the pop-up Covid clinic at Keighley central Mosque, local health provider Modality are planning further pop-up clinics in our area including at Keighley Shared Church, The Good Shepherd Centre and other local Mosques. The group also hosted the UK’s first women’s only vaccine clinic at the Keighley Association for Women and Children’s Centre on 18 March 2021.
Commenting Robbie said: “The figures are fantastic and I am proud of the work that our local and national NHS as well as the Department for Health are doing to make sure as many of our most vulnerable residents as possible are vaccinated. Vaccinating 1.3 per cent of the entire UK population in just one day is an amazing achievement and it is reassuring too that the Keighley and Ilkley constituency has vaccinated 50 per cent of adults in line with the national average.
“The data shows that this vaccine is rapidly reducing hospitalisation and death rates. That is why it is vital that as many people as possible continue to take the vaccine when it is offered to them so we can start to return to some form of normality as soon as possible.”
As of 25 March 2021, 42,977 residents across Keighley and Ilkley have received their first Covid vaccine which equates to 59 per cent of the electorate.