A QUARTER of all Bolton residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to new figures.

NHS data shows 57,505 people in Bolton had received both jabs by April 25 – 25 per cent of those aged 16 and over, based on the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Of those to have received both jabs, 49,005 were aged 45 and over – 40 per cent of the age group. It means 8,500 people aged between 16 and 44 have received both doses.

The figures also show 136,986 people in Bolton have received at least one jab – 61 per cent of those aged 16 and over.

The data reveals variation in coverage for residents who had received at least one dose between different areas across Bolton.

The proportion of people prioritised for vaccinations, such as those aged 42 and over, is one factor that could affect vaccine coverage.

The areas in Bolton with the highest rate of vaccination recorded so far is Bromley Cross and Bradshaw, and Harwood - both with 74.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over given their first dose.

Horwich South and Middlebrook follows, with at 73 per cent uptake.

The areas with the lowest vaccine coverage include Central Bolton (46.3 per cent), Burnden and Great Lever (46.6 per cent) and Rumworth North (47.9 per cent)

It comes as the Government announced an extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus jab have been secured for a booster vaccination programme in the autumn.

Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, has said the vaccine could reduce a third wave of the virus, but warned it was ‘inconceivable’ that there will not be further bumps in the road.

He said: “What is important about these vaccines and the vaccine rollout is it really is the way out of getting into trouble of the same size and magnitude ever again, and that’s why it’s important that this job must get finished.”

Despite the success of the rollout, some staff at care homes in Bolton have not been vaccinated.

The figures show 1,572 out of 1,921 eligible staff, including agency workers, at older adult care homes had received a first dose by April 25 – meaning 18 per cent have not had a jab.

The Government is currently in consultation over plans to make the jab mandatory for staff over concerns for residents.