TWO thirds of over 18s in the BCP area have received their booster or third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to latest data.

Figures show that up to January 2, 66.8 per cent of adults across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area had received their jab.

This equates to 214,190 people.

In the Dorset Council area, a total of 247,328 residents had their vaccine meaning 79.2 per cent of those eligible have taken up the offer.

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The figures have been compiled using NHS England data for vaccinations up to January 2, 2022, and population figures from the Office for National Statistics, which are the best publicly available official estimates.

Out of all local authorities in England, Cotswold has had the highest uptake  with 83 per cent of adults - 61,006 people- having their vaccine.

Newham in London has the lowest uptake with just 38.5 per cent of adults having their booster or third jab which is 103,533.

Meanwhile, separate government figures show a total of 51,874,548 first doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been delivered in the UK by January 5.

This is a rise of 29,030 on the previous day.

Some 47,565,340 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 41,664.

A combined total of 34,834,288 booster and third doses have also been given, a day-on-day rise of 247,478.