A FIFTH of people in Brighton and Hove have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

NHS data shows 44,424 people had received both jabs by April 25 – 18% of those aged 16 and over in the city, based on the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Of those to have received both jabs, 34,618 were aged 45 and over, which is 32% of the age group.

It means 9,806 people in the city aged between 16 and 44 have also received both doses.

The figures show 129,340 people have received at least one jab, which is 53% of those aged 16 and over.

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However, there is a disparity in the number of people aged 16 and over who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in different parts of the city.

The areas with the highest coverage are Rottingdean and Saltdean, where 72.2% of people have been given their first dose.

In Woodingdean and West Blatchington, 70% of those aged 16 and over have had one dose.

The areas with the lowest coverage are Coldean and Moulsecoomb North, where only 28.4% have had their first jab.

In Round Hill, 31.7% of those aged 16 and over have had one dose, and 34.6% in the North Laine and the Lanes areas.

The proportion of people prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged 42 and over, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.

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Despite the success of the vaccine rollout, many staff at care homes in Brighton and Hove have still not been vaccinated.

The figures show 1,730 out of 2,096 eligible staff, including agency workers, at older adult care homes had received a first dose by April 25 – which means 17% of workers have still not had a jab.

The government is in consultation over plans to make the jab mandatory for staff over concerns for residents.

An extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus jab have been secured for a booster vaccination programme in the autumn.

Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, has said the vaccine could reduce a third wave of the virus, but warned it was “inconceivable” that there will not be further bumps in the road.

He said: “What is important about these vaccines and the vaccine rollout is it really is the way out of getting into trouble of the same size and magnitude ever again, and that’s why it’s important that this job must get finished.”