Covid vaccine jabs pass 50,000 mark

MORE than 50,000 first doses of Covid-19 vaccinations have now been administered to Islanders, covering 57% of the adult population, according to the latest figures.

Fort Regent. Coronavirus Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in the Queen's Hall (Rotunda).                                                             Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30705769)
Fort Regent. Coronavirus Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in the Queen's Hall (Rotunda). Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30705769)

Statistics covering the period to Sunday 18 April were released yesterday, showing that 49,413 first doses had been given, with the 50,000 mark set to have been passed earlier this week but having not yet been recorded in the official data.

The latest number for second doses is 27,772, meaning that a total of just over 77,000 injections have been given – an average of 71.6 doses per 100 people.

The progress of Jersey’s vaccination programme remains similar to the other Crown Dependencies, with the Isle of Man reporting 76.5 doses per 100 people by 18 April and Guernsey publishing a figure of 72 per 100 people on 21 April. The UK figure for 18 April was 63.5 doses per 100 people.

The programme is continuing to provide first doses to Islanders in their 40s, with 48% of this group having received their initial jab so far. Those in their 30s are set to be invited to book appointments in early May, with 18-to-29-year-olds becoming eligible in late May.

During the seven-day period ending on 18 April, a total of just under 6,500 jabs were administered.

In total, 57% of adults in Jersey aged 18 and above have received their first jab, with 32% having been given both doses.

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