Vaccine hits nine million milestone as new Covid deaths confirmed in region

More than nine million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the Midlands, with the region home to the largest number of people vaccinated against the disease across England.

In the Midlands 5,810,147 have received at least one jab and 3,285,040 people have received both doses, ensuring they have the strongest possible protection from a second dose.

More than 36 million people in total across the UK have now been vaccinated with a first dose, while more than 20 million people have had both doses.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The Midlands has reached a remarkable milestone in the vaccine programme by delivering over nine million life-saving jabs across the region.”

Meanwhile more virus deaths have been confirmed in Staffordshire and Birmingham – but none in the Black Country. Deaths in our hospitals increased to 7,590. A further 1,414 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in care homes in the region. As of May 14, NHS England will now only be publishing the daily death figures on week days – with totals for Saturday and Sunday are only available on Monday.

Yesterday NHS England confirmed a further four deaths on Saturday, one on Sunday and three yesterday – an overall total of eight deaths in three days.

The UK figure went up by five more deaths to 127,684. One death was confirmed at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Royal Stoke and Stafford’s County hospitals, taking the total number of deaths to 1,377. This death was confirmed in Saturday’s figures.

And one death was announced at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, where a total of 2,611 have now died. The trust runs the Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals. This death was confirmed in Sunday’s figures.

No deaths in the region were confirmed in the NHS England figures recorded on Monday.

Overall, a total of 801 people have died at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and 740 at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

At the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust a total of 1,715 have died and at the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust a total of 722 have diedIn the Midlands, 5,810,147 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine has been administered, while 3,285,040 second doses have been carried out.

The data includes vaccinations carried out between December 8 and May 16.

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