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The number of people who have been vaccinated against coronavirus in each part of Kent

Kent continues to beat the national average for vaccinations as mass centres close this month as a result of supply issues.

A total of 870,141, or 60%, of over 18s in the county have received at least one dose, while three areas have now vaccinated two third of their adult populations as shown by the below table.

In total 70,000 people received their first jab in the seven days to March 28, down on last week's record 109,000 leap but around average for Kent.

Thanet, Folkestone and Hythe and Dover are leading the race, having vaccinated around 66%, 67% and 65% of their adults respectively.

That's 10% more than Dartford, Canterbury and Medway which still lag behind.

Population figures only include those eligible who are over 18 and not vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds.

Second doses shot up, with 52,131 administered, a trend likely to continue as mass vaccine centres close and second jabs are prioritised.

Percentage vaccinated by age groups

This month will see a significant dip in supply because a batch of 1.7 million doses need to be retested while there are also issues getting the vaccine from a giant plant in India.

In Kent 48% of people have bee vaccinated against Covid-19 Picture: Mecha Morton
In Kent 48% of people have bee vaccinated against Covid-19 Picture: Mecha Morton

Previously the government set a goal of vaccinating the top four priority age groups in the country by the middle of this month, a target they reached.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has now set his sights higher and vowed to offer every adult over 50 a jab by mid April and every adult by July.

Nationally almost 26 million people have been jabbed at least once - 57% of over 16s.

Data shows a single dose of either vaccine significantly cuts the chance of serious illness in older age groups, the Pfizer jab slashing it by 75% in the over 70s.

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