Over 2m Covid-19 jabs have now been given in the North East and Yorkshire.
Latest government figures show the region has handed out the third-most vaccine doses in the country though it has fallen behind the Midlands, where a total of 2,415,791 jabs have been carried out.
In the North East and Yorkshire region, 1,921,673 first and 81,333 second doses have been given, making a total of 2,003,006.
The region is storming ahead of London, where a total of 1,449,924 jabs were given out, including 1,386,637 first doses and 63,287 second doses.
The North East has carried out the second-highest number of second doses, 81,333, compared to 84,487 in the South East, where a total of 2,074,342 vaccinations have been carried out.
Across the country, a total of 14,556,827 million people have now received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, according to Government figures published on Saturday.
This is the equivalent of 21.8 per cent of the total UK population, and 27.6 per cent of people aged 18 and over, and means the government is extremely close to its target of 15m doses by February 15.
Speaking in Newcastle on Saturday, Boris Johnson praised the North East’s efforts, and urged anyone eligible who hadn’t had a jab yet to come forward.
He said: “The North East has really shot the lights out with their vaccination programme. The NHS, the volunteers, pharmacists, an unbelievable effort. I think I’m right in saying that in the North East 100% of over 80s have now received a vaccination, nine in 10 eligible elderly care home residents and they are storming through the numbers so it’s very very encouraging.
“Clearly there are still some people who need to come forward and have their shots in the next couple of days in the JCVI one to four group – that’s the elderly, the clinically extremely vulnerable, care home workers, NHS workers – if you’re one of those groups and you’ve got your shots in the next couple of days obviously do it.
“But if you haven’t been contacted yet, our message today is please make sure you get in contact with 119 and fix a slot.”
A total of 93.2 per cent of residents of older adult care homes in England eligible to have their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine had received the jab up to February 7, according to The Mirror.
Residents are only eligible for the vaccine if they haven’t had Covid-19 in the previous 28 days.
NHS England said the number of eligible residents includes a small number of residents at care homes currently undergoing an outbreak and which cannot be visited, who did not receive the vaccine for valid medical reasons, and those for whom consent had not been provided.
It has said the top four priority groups in England – people aged 70 and over, care home residents and staff, health and care workers and clinically extremely vulnerable patients – “have now been offered the opportunity to be vaccinated”.
NHS England said people aged 65 to 69 can now get a vaccine if GPs have supplies
Here is a breakdown by region based on NHS England data between December 8 and February 12.
- Midlands: 2,415,791 (2,343,336 first doses and 72,455 second doses)
- South East: 2,074,342 (1,989,855 first and 84,487 second doses)
- North East & Yorkshire: 2,003,006 (1,921,673 first and 81,333 second doses)
- North West: 1,698,709 (1,629,615 first and 69,094 second doses)
- East: 1,536,889 (1,477,199 first doses and 59,690 second doses)
- South West: 1,486,769 (1,429,813 first and 56,956 second doses)
- London: 1,449,924 (1,386,637 first doses and 63,287 second doses)