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London care staff least likely to have had Covid vaccines


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are home staff in London are the least likely to take the Covidvaccine, with less than half the workforce in one borough’s homes having the jab.

Nine out of 10 of the local authority areas with the lowest vaccination rates for staff of homes of the elderly are London boroughs, according to official data.

The borough with the lowest rate is Lambeth where just 45 per cent have taken up the offer of the vaccine.

London’s rate is just 64 per cent, the lowest of any region. That compares with 74 per cent in the East of England, 78 per cent in the Midlands, 79 per cent in the North East and Yorkshire, 76 per cent in the North West, 77 per cent in the South East and 80.4 per cent in the South West.

In the lowest figures for London boroughs, after Lambeth comes Wandsworth, at 55.8 per cent, Luton (58 per cent), Camden (58.6 per cent), Hackney (59.1 per cent), Redbridge (59.2 per cent), Southwark (60.4 per cent), Enfield (61.2 per cent), Havering (61.8 per cent), Barnet (62 per cent) and Greenwich (62.2 per cent).

Seventeen out of 20 local authorities with the lowest rates are all in London.

London last week celebrated reaching three million vaccinations. However, an analysis of official data by the Standard has revealed that the capital’s vaccination rates are the lowest on a whole range of metrics.

Last Monday, the day after the Government announced that half of the national adult population had been vaccinated, the London figure was just 40.1 per cent, which is a fifth lower.

In key age groups, London is behind every other English region. Only 84 per cent of over-80s in London have had the jab, compared with 94.4 per cent on average for England, rising to 97.7 per cent in the South West. For people aged 75 to 79, every other region boasts 99 to 100 per cent success, but London shows just 90 per cent.

The NHS and Public Health England have been invited to respond to the findings.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said every care home worker had been offered the jab.  He said: “Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. Our vaccination programme is the biggest in NHS history, and so far our heroic health and care staff have administered more than 33 million vaccines.



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