More than half the adults living in West Berkshire have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 

The NHS states that 71,065 people in West Berkshire had received a jab by March 21 and 13,449 of them are under the age of 50.

That means around 57 per cent of the adult population in West Berkshire has been vaccinated, as there are around 122,855 adults living in the district, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate.

The vaccine data has been broken down to show how many people in each of the local neighbourhoods, which are known as Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs), have taken the jab.

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Thatcham South East and Bradfield is leading the way, as 4,746 people living in that area have taken at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

According to the figures, 4,074 people in Newbury Wash Common, 3,792 in Newbury Central and Greenham, and 3,750 in Calcot North and Little Heath have been vaccinated.

Number of people vaccinated in other areas of West Berkshire: 

  • Hermitage and Cold Ash – 3,683
  • Newbury North West – 3,636
  • Purley on Thames – 3,475
  • Thatcham West – 3,446
  • Newbury South West – 3,399
  • Thatcham Town – 3,312
  • Streatley and Pangbourne – 3,240
  • Kintbury and Boxford – 3,215
  • Westwood – 3,084
  • Hungerford – 2,852
  • Thatcham North East – 2,841
  • Chieveley, East Isley and Compton – 2,816
  • Lambourn and Great Shefford – 2,707
  • Mortimer and Aldermaston Wharf – 2,703
  • Theale and Beenham – 2,700
  • Newbury Clay Hill – 2,587
  • Calcot South – 2,545
  • Burghfield Common – 2,462

Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says there are concerns about a lower take up among ethnic minority groups in West Berkshire.

Speaking last week, operations director Katie Summers, said: “Every area is experiencing this.

“We need to do a lot to target the Black African, Black Caribbean and Chinese communities.

“We are working with partners to engage with those communities, to understand why and co-design initiatives to promote vaccination take ups.”

She said the CCG has plans for “targeted” pop-up clinics that could be set up in “temples, mosques, churches and community centres”.

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West Berkshire’s seven-day infection rate peaked at 430.4 cases per 100,000 people on January 2 – but it has plummeted during lockdown.

According to the latest figures, the infection rate now stands at 35.3 cases per 100,000 people and only 1.3 per cent of the tests conducted in West Berkshire are coming back positive.

During the pandemic, 6,279 people in the district have tested positive for the virus and 247 of them have died.

By March 21, 351,475 people in Berkshire had received a jab.

The NHS figures show 70,103 have had the jab in neighbouring Wokingham and 54,281 have been vaccinated in Reading.

Slough has the lowest take up in the county, as 44,022 have taken the jab.