LATEST figures reveal the percentage of people in Bolton who have had their Covid booster vaccination. 

Bolton currently lags behind the national average of 62.3 per cent, with just under half of residents having received their third dose, according to Government figures. 

In Bolton Central the number of those who have received their booster drops to 31 per cent. 

Surrounding areas such as Burnden & Lever, Lever Edge and Rumworth North also report 30 per cent or less of residents as having received their booster.

The latest Covid-19 case rates show that the Bolton has 2,170 cases per 100,000, after a steep rise following the festive period. 

The Bolton News spoke to people in the town centre to ask their views on booster vaccinations. 

After initial hesitancy, David Williams, 48, admits he might now have the vaccine after falling ill following his positive result two weeks ago. 

Explaining his original scepticism he said: "I feel it was pushed on people."

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, echoed Mr Williams' feelings, admitting her annoyance at the vaccine being "imposed on us".

She also revealed that she is yet to be vaccinated. 

But despite some scepticism among the public, others were keen to add their support to the vaccination programme. 

Sue Perks, 61, spoke of her disappointment at the current vaccination rates in Bolton and said: "I'm not very happy at all, they should be higher." 

She also voiced her support for the vaccination of those aged 12 and over. 

One of those recently eligible for vaccination is 18 year-old Athul, who said that he is now double vaccinated. But was uncertain as to whether he and others of the same age would be able to receive their third dose.

The current information provided by the government states that all those aged 18 and over are eligible to receive their booster dose, while those aged over 16 are currently only able to receive two.

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