Vaccine figures go up as Covid patients go down

More Reading people are being protected from Covid-19 as we start to move out of lockdown.
Photo of people in Forbury Gardens

More than 54,000 people in Reading have now had at least one of their Covid vaccination doses, according to latest figures.

Data made public on 25 March shows that 54,281 people had received a jab in our borough.

Meanwhile the number of Covid patients going into the Royal Berkshire Hospital is now low, with only three new admissions on 14 March, according to latest figures from Public Health Berkshire and no recent new deaths in Reading from the virus.

Moving out of lockdown

  • 12 April: Pubs & restaurants will open for outdoor eating & drinking, non-essential shops re-open and one household can stay away in self-catering accommodation
  • 31 March: Shielding officially came to an end for elderly and vulnerable people
  • 29 March: Stay at home guidance ended and 6 people from different households or more members of two households could meet up outside, including in back gardens
  • 8 March: Children returned to school

Healthy people aged 50-plus are the latest age group being invited in for their first vaccination, while second doses are starting to be given to elderly or vulnerable adults in priority groups 1-6.

Healthy adults aged under 50 may have to wait for their first dose after the government ordered a pause to new vaccination bookings while it waits for more supplies to arrive.

The UK’s drug safety body, the MHRA, confirmed in March that evidence does not show that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots and the benefits of having a jab outweighs the risk of getting Covid-19.

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