Derbyshire and Derby's deprived areas in lowest jab rates

New statistics have shown that areas of Derby and Derbyshire which have seen the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates are also in the county and city’s most deprived communities.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 2:45 pm

According to Eddie Bisknell, of the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), a public service news agency, most of the county’s lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates fall within Derby.

He reports that the city is also home to eight of its bottom 10 hyper-local areas. The remaining two are both in Buxton and in the High Peak.

New Normanton in Derby has vaccinated the lowest proportion of residents aged 65 and above in the whole of Derbyshire with 65.4 per cent receiving a jab.

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This also ranks New Normanton in the bottom two per cent in the whole of England – placed 6,714 out of the 6,791 hyper-local areas.

The area with the second lowest percentage of residents aged 65+ vaccinated is Rose Hill and Castleward, with 69.3 per cent.

In third lowest position in Derbyshire is Normanton North and Pear Tree with 70.57 per cent.

These areas have vaccinated far lower than the rate for the county as a whole and all rank in the bottom four per cent of England.

Derbyshire as a whole has vaccinated 95.15 per cent of all residents aged 65 and above.

By contrast, six areas of Derbyshire rank in the top one per cent nationally for the rate of residents aged 65 and above which have been vaccinated.

NHS England figures released this week show vaccinations up to February 28 with data available by hyper local area – grouped by an average population of 7,500.

Derby City Council deprivation data shows that Normanton, Rose Hill, Pear Tree and Castleward areas are among the most deprived areas in the city.

They are also home to much of Derby’s Asian communities.

Public health and local authority officials are aware that there is a concerted issue with vaccination myths and disinformation in these areas of the city, which have also frequently been Derby and Derbyshire’s Covid-19 hotspots.

Normanton has its own vaccination centre, operated by the Pear Tree Pharmacy team out of Ikhlas Community Centre on the corner of Clarence Road and Belvoir Street.

Deprivation is calculated by looking at statistics for income, employment, education, health and disability, crime, barriers to housing and services and the living environment of residents.

Residents in more deprived communities are seen as a priority by government advising group the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in the next phases of the vaccination roll-out, alongside black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Here are the areas of Derbyshire which have vaccinated with the lowest proportion of their residents aged 65 and above, followed by their national ranking out of the 6,791 hyper-local areas and percentage ranking nationally:

New Normanton – 65.4% – 6,714 – bottom 1.16%

Rose Hill & Castleward – 69.3% – 6,585 – bottom 3.05%

Normanton North & Pear Tree – 70.57% – bottom 3.86%

Cathedral Quarter & California – 81.28% – bottom 13.89%

Normanton South – 82.39% – bottom 15.74%

Allenton & Osmaston – 83.36% – bottom 17.6%

Buxton South – 83.37% – bottom 17.64%

Buxton North – 84.74% – bottom 20.76%

Little Chester – 86.22% – bottom 24.95%

New Zealand – 86.73% – bottom 26.86%