MORE than 205,000 people in Wiltshire have received a Covid vaccine so far – 28.7 per cent of the county’s 722,217 population.

In its weekly data release, NHS England has published vaccination figures by constituency for the first time.

Salisbury tops the rankings in Wiltshire, with an estimated 34,027 (34.8 per cent) of its 97,809 population having received at least one dose.

The next highest figures in the county are in North Wiltshire with 32,091 of 95,941 (33.4 per cent) and South West Wiltshire with 30,946 of 103,290 (30 per cent) receiving the jab.

In the Chippenham constituency the figure was 29,104 out of 99,576 (29.2 per cent), and in the Devizes constituency 26,151 out of 103,408 (25.3 per cent) have had at least their first dose.

With the UK vaccination programme averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, the Prime Minister aims to ensure every adult is offered a jab by the end of July.

More than 19 million people have received a vaccine so far, equivalent to one in three adults, including over 1.7 million in the South West.

This is the third highest per capita, behind only the United Arab Emirates and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the UK – China and the USA.

Everyone in the top four priority groups has now been offered a vaccine and invites are now going out to those in priority groups 5 to 9.

The latest figures show that two-thirds of those aged 65 to 69 have now been vaccinated.

Julian Ellacott, chairman of South West Conservatives, welcomed the Prime Minister’s roadmap to take cautious and irreversible steps out of lockdown, which will be guided by the data and not dates.

He said: “The vaccination roll-out continues to be a great success in the South West and across the country.

“Over 1.7 million people in the South West have now had at least one dose – over 30 per cent of the population – thanks to a huge team effort from NHS staff, volunteers and everyone else involved.

“I urge everyone to have their vaccine when called on, as every jab will bring us one step closer to normality.”