Proud East Lindsey is leading the way

Almost 70% of eligible residents have received their Covid-19 vaccinations in Lincolnshire - and East Lindsey is leading the way.

Rebecca Neno - high praise for county’s vaccine roll-out

The latest figures for the county reveal a staggering 436,083 jabs were performed between December 8 and March 28.

Of those, 404,653 received their first dose and a further 31,430 a second dose.

The figures also show 320,754 people over the age of 50 received their first vaccination and another 23,897 have been given their second.

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Some 83,899 people aged under 50 have received their first dose, with a further 7,533 receiving a second jab.

This includes those aged between 16 to 64 who are clinically vulnerable and at more risk of serious symptoms of coronavirus.

According to the statistics, released by the NHS, East Lindsey has vaccinated the most people.

A total of 85,727 have received at least one dose, topping the county leaderboard for all age categories over 55.

The impressive figures come as a leading NHS official described the vaccination roll-out in Lincolnshire as ‘phenomenal’.

Rebecca Neno, deputy chief nurse for NHS Lincolnshire CCG, said: “We are well on our way to ensuring our population is protected.

“This has been a true collaborative effort across the NHS, across our voluntary services, across our county council and across the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum.

“I am in awe of our staff and everyone, whether it be student nurses, volunteers or case staff are absolutely humbled to be playing a part in fighting Covid-19.”

Some restrictions were eased last week, allowing a number of outdoor activities to return including swimming and golf.

And, there’s more positive news on the horizon.

Next Monday (April 12), marks another milestone with many non-essential shops set to re-open.

That means we will be able to get haircuts, and visit clothing and bookshops - while still wearing face masks and observing strict social distancing guidelines.

Pub, cafes and restaurants can serve customers food and alcohol - but only while they are seated at outdoor tables.

Businesses have welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to put Covid-style passports on hold.

One publican told the News: “We’ve enough on our plates without having to ask people for proof they have been vaccinated.”

Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins is one of many senior figures who are urging the public to back the many independent traders.

The country is still on course to meet Government targets for the easing of other restrictions with hospitality hopefully set to fully reopen up next month.

Against that, foreign holidays are still banned and social distancing could be in place until next year.