MORE than 70 per cent of people over 40 in Shropshire have received their Covid-10 booster or third vaccine dose, new figures have revealed.
The latest estimates have confirmed the county is one of the top in the county for delivering the booster/third vaccinations with 138,158 having had theirs, equating to 71.8 per cent.
This is slightly behind the best performing county in England which is Stratford-on-Avon where 63,275 booster or third jabs have been delivered equating to 80.5 per cent, while worst performing is Tower Hamlets where just 35.3 per cent, or 36,964 people have had their jabs.
The figures have been compiled by PA using the NHS England date for vaccinations up to December 12 and population figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Neighbouring county Telford and Wrekin has delivered 61,592 (68.6 per cent) jabs, while Cheshire West and Chester has delivered 131,774 (69.3 per cent).
Meanwhile, north Shropshire now has another NHS walk-in vaccination clinic after Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service offered four of its fire stations to help.
Clinics will be held in Hodnet every Wednesday until the end of January from 10am to 4pm.
Dan Quinn, assistant chief fire officer for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’ve been working with the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Covid-19 Vaccination Programme since January, and am proud to say that so far we have vaccinated over 20,000 of the community and provided over 10,000 hours of support.
“I am privileged to be able to offer so many of our fire stations to help the current vaccination drive. Fire stations have an important role to play in our communities and we urge everyone who lives nearby to make the most of this opportunity to get vaccinated and protect our friends and family and the community we live in.
“We can reassure everyone that all four fire stations will remain fully operational at all times.”
Mel France, head of vaccination centres for the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Vaccination Service, added: “We are very grateful to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service for providing four fantastic venues to act as vaccination hubs, and for all the staff who have volunteered to help the vaccination drive.
“It’s really important to give people as many options as possible, so that we can make sure people have the opportunity to get their vaccine as quickly as possible as soon as they are eligible.”