The effects of Covid-19 vaccine supply constraints are being felt across the borough as the number of jabs administered has dropped, figures show.

Last month, NHS England warned that supply issues would mean those who require a second dose and those in high-risk groups, would be given priority.

A delay in deliveries from India and the need to retest a batch of 1.7 million doses has caused the recent issues with vaccine supply.

New data from NHS England shows that shows that 873 first doses of the vaccine were administered in Basingstoke and Deane in the week to April 11 – 2,246 fewer than the week before and the lowest in the preceding five weeks.

Across England, 355,000 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered in the week to April 11 – the lowest number in five weeks and 47 per cent fewer than the previous week.

But the number of people receiving a second dose of the jab increased by 608,000, to 2.1 million people. Numbers for second doses are not available locally.

Despite the vaccine supply issues, nearly two-thirds of people in Basingstoke and Deane have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest NHS data shows 88,218 people had received a vaccine jab by April 4 – equating to 62 per cent of those aged 16 and over, according to the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Of those vaccinated, 65,695 were aged 50 or over – 99 of of the age group.

It means 22,523 people aged between 16 and 49 have received a first dose of the vaccine.

Hospital admissions are also remaining low with the Hampshire Hospitals Trust, which oversees Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester hospital, caring for 12 coronavirus patients in hospital as of last Tuesday (April 13).

An interactive map, which uses Public Health England data, shows only two areas in the borough have recorded more than three positive cases in recent days.

The interactive map, which can be found through this link, allows users to type in their postcode and see how many cases were reported in their area and if it has increased or decreased from the week before. The darker the colour on the image, the more positive test results have been recorded.

In the seven days up to Sunday, April 14, Basingstoke and Deane reported 22 cases. The case rate compared to the UK average is below the national average.

The two hotspot areas shown on the map are Popley, which recorded three cases and Kingsclere and Heath End which recorded 4 cases.

Every other area in the borough has reported fewer than three cases, meaning they appear as 'suppressed' and colour coded as white on the map.