ALMOST 70 per cent of adults in Barnsley are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Since the start of the vaccination programme in December, more than 313,000 vaccinations have been administered in Barnsley.

A total of 143,027 of adults are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus - a 69.9 per cent uptake.

More than 170,000 residents have had at least one dose of their vaccine - an 83.2 per cent uptake.

Julia Burrows, the town’s director of public health, said: “It is wonderful that those who have had two doses are at a hugely reduced risk of becoming seriously ill, which has meant the recent large increases in infection rate has thankfully not translated into the high numbers of admissions and serious illness we saw in previous waves.

“However, because the rates are so high and the fact that the vaccine, though extremely effective, is not 100 per cent effective and some people are unvaccinated or have a weakened immune system, we may begin to see increased admissions to hospital.”