NINE out of ten over 75 to 79-year-olds on the Isle of Wight have had both Covid vaccines.

Nearing the five-month mark, the Covid-19 vaccine rollout has continued on the Island with 8,412 first and second doses given to Islanders in the week ending May 2.

With the news a third jab could be offered in the autumn to over 50s, the focus is still on getting people fully immunised — having received their two doses.

In the latest data, which is recorded by the National Immunisation Management Service (NIMS), 47,393 people have now had both vaccinations, an increase of 7,550 from a week ago.

The data shows, using population estimates calculated by NIMS and Public Health England, 87 per cent of those aged 70 to 74, 91 per cent of 75 to 79 and 85 per cent of those aged over 80 on the Island are now inoculated against the sometimes deadly virus.

While the vaccines do not stop someone from getting the virus it does stop them from having more serious illnesses and reactions to Covid, like death.

The age for those receiving their first doses continues to fall, with anyone aged over 40 now invited to book in for one.

With the latest cohort drop, 90,452 Islanders have now had their first vaccine, by May 2, — an increase of 862 on the week before.

Overall, 137,845 Covid vaccine doses have been given to those eligible on the Island.

Across the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, 1,309,728 vaccines have been given.