More than a third of north Cumbria’s eligible population have now been vaccinated for COVID-19. 

109,956 vaccinations have been given at hospital hubs and through GP teams working together in Primary Care Networks.

GP lead for the Keswick and Solway Primary Care Network, Dr Richard Massey, said: "There has been a phenomenal effort from all of our General Practice teams across north Cumbria.

"Practices have worked together to administer vaccines as quickly as we have had supplies delivered.

"We haven’t had many people refusing the vaccine, in fact it has been the opposite with people keen to get as quickly as they are eligible.

"It has been brilliant to be involved in a programme on this scale and one where people are so happy to be called."

The latest verified figures from NHS England published today show:

  • 70,326 over 65s have had their first vaccine
  • 35,178 under 65s have had their first vaccine
  • 2,314 over 65s have had their second vaccine
  • 2,138 under65s have had their second vaccine

This means 92.9% of the over 65 population in north Cumbria have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

There is a national deadline of all over 50s being offered their first vaccination by the middle of April and all adults by the end of July.

Director of primary care for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Ed Tallis, said: "This has really shown the best of the NHS and our communities working together. It has been a real team effort.

"We know it hasn’t been without its challenges, but on the 4th of December we hadn’t given a vaccine and by the 4th of March we have now delivered almost 110,000 vaccinations providing protection to more than a third of our population.

"We just ask that people remain patient. We’ll have called all of our over 50s for their first vaccine by the middle of April and all adults by the end of July."