MORE than half a million patients in South Cumbria and Lancashire have now received the Covid-19 vaccine.

In a major milestone, more than half a million patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria have now been vaccinated since December.

Vaccines are being delivered at hospital hubs, GP-led vaccination centres, pharmacy-led vaccination centres, mass vaccination sites, care homes and to housebound residents across the area.

As well as this, according to NHS England, 10,406 people aged 70 and over have received their first vaccination doses in Barrow and Furness – which is an estimated 97.5 per cent.

In South Lakeland, 93.5 per cent of its over-70 population have received the Covid-19 vaccine, which is 21,315 people.

Anyone aged 64 and over who has not been vaccinated is now being urged to respond to their recent invitation to get their life-saving coronavirus vaccine at one of the more than seven vaccination centres and nine pharmacy-led sites across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Jane Scattergood, Covid-19 vaccination director for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “I’m so proud of NHS staff, volunteers and other partners across Lancashire and South Cumbria who have done an incredible job so far delivering the largest vaccination drive in our history, at the same time as dealing with high levels of Covid-19 hospital patients.

“The response we have seen from local people in doing their bit to attend appointments and come forward to have the vaccine has been brilliant.”