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Vaccine Update: Vaccination rates fell by 29% last week

Last week saw 61,188 vaccines administered, a fall of 29% week-on-week. In order to hit the Government’s target of administering 1,250,000 vaccines before the end of March we would need to administer nearly that amount every single day left in this month.

The low numbers were likely caused by the Government’s decision to ignore the advice of the European Medicines Agency and stop the administration of AstraZeneca vaccines. The Government has now reversed that decision.

We are on track to miss our target of administering 1.25 million doses by the end of March by a substantial margin. In order to hit that target we would need to administer 569,985 additional vaccines between Monday the 22nd and Wednesday the 31st, a rate of 56,999 vaccines per day. That is more than six times higher than our current daily average, and that average is falling.

The total number of doses administered, as of the 21th, was 680,015, with 495,824 of those being the 1st dose, and 184,191 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 8,741.

Two weeks ago the Government set a target of administering 10,000 vaccines to people in Cohort 4 each week. Cohort 4 consists of people “aged 16-69 at very high risk.” After two full weeks we have only administered 6,398 vaccines to people in this Cohort, not the 20,000 we should have.

Monday the 15th of February saw GPs begin to administer vaccines to people aged 85 and older, who are part of “Cohort 3” in the Government’s vaccination schedule. The CSO estimates that there are 490,000 people to be vaccinated in Cohort 3, which also includes those 70 and older who are not in long-term residential care. 177,431 of these had received their first dose as of the 21th of March.

Daily reporting of vaccinating numbers only goes back to the 3rd of February, meaning that the 9th of February is the earliest day from which we can show total doses administered over a seven-day period. On the 9th of February, the daily average number of doses administered was 5,642, with 39,495 doses having been administered between the 3rd and the 9th.

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