A FIRST Covid vaccine dose has been offered to everyone in the top four priority groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Since the vaccination programme started in December, progress has been “rapid” and there is now 67 NHS sites across the county offering vaccines.

This network has now offered a dose to all over-70s, all older adult care home residents and staff, all of those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, and all frontline health and social care staff.

Over 400k doses have been administered in the area so far and the NHS is now moving on to those aged 65-69 and those with significant health problems.

It says the “amazing” achievement is as a result of a hard work and co-ordination.

Dr Nigel Watson, who is leading the county’s vaccination roll-out, said: “Thanks to the dedication and skill of those on the ground, and the positive response of the public, we have been able to do something really special.

“We have been determined to meet the target of vaccinating the first four priority groups by the middle of February, and so it is fantastic to know that we reached the milestone.

“Most satisfying of all, we know that we are protecting people who are vulnerable, and saving lives.”

Vaccines have not been given to every single person in the first four priority groups yet as some are ill or in hospital, or do not wish to be vaccinated at this time.

Dr Watson added: “If you are over 70 and have not heard from us, please contact the national programme.

“For those in the 65-69 age group, or those with a significant health problem, please don’t contact your surgery - you will be hearing from us before long.”