Top 20 coronavirus hotspots among over-60s as millions could face wait for vaccine

Top 20 coronavirus hotspots among over-60s as millions could face wait for vaccine

 

The top 20 coronavirus hotspots among the over-60 age group have been revealed.

According to analysis of Public Health England data from the week to 29 November, Boston in Lincolnshire had the highest number of Covid-19 cases among the over-60s, at about 564 per 100,000 people.

It was the highest rate recorded for this age group, the analysis by the BBC showed.

Medway in Kent had the second rate at 432 per 100,000, followed by Swale in Kent at 388 per 100,000.

Lincoln had 368 per 100,000 people and Gravesham, in Kent, had 346 per 100,000.

Kent was the county with the county with the highest infection rates in the over-60s age group.

It comes as a top health official said most people over 80 in Britain will have to wait until next year to get the  coronavirus vaccine.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said the “vast majority” of people at the top of the priority list won’t get a jab until January, February or March.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said the distribution of the vaccine would be a “marathon not a sprint”.

Vaccinations will be administered at dozens of hospital hubs from Tuesday – dubbed “V-Day” by Health Secretary Matt Hancock – with people aged 80 and older, care home workers and NHS workers who are at higher risk at the front of the queue.

The Government expects “the majority” of vulnerable people will be vaccinated in January and February.

But the over 60s are low down on the list of ten groups most likely to get the life-saving jab first.

Downing Street would not confirm whether they were expecting four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to arrive by the end of the year.

“We obviously have 40 million doses on order but the scale of the delivery depends on the manufacturing process as we move forward through December,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.

Around 25 million people are covered by the 10 priority categories set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

The first vaccinations will go to care home staff and residents, NHS frontline workers and people aged 80 and over – around six million people.

Asked how many people will be vaccinated by the end of February, the spokesman said: “The majority of the vaccination of the vulnerable will be in January or February.”

But the spokesman stressed that two further vaccines were still being assessed by regulators, which could boost the number of doses available.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set the order of priority for the coronavirus vaccine rollout in the UK.

1. older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers

2. all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers

3. all those 75 years of age and over

4. all those 70 years of age and over

5. all those 65 years of age and over

6. high-risk adults under 65 years of age

7. moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age

8. all those 60 years of age and over

9. all those 55 years of age and over

10. all those 50 years of age and over

The priority order for the rest of the population is yet to be determined.

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