More than a fifth of over-80s in London have still not been given their first Covid-19 jab – despite the figure being far higher in the rest of the country.
NHS England data shows 1,353,324 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and February 10, including 1,290,874 first doses and 62,450 second doses.
While the total figure is high, 21.6 per cent of overs 80s in the Capital hadn’t been jabbed before February 7 – the highest proportion for any region.
In the South West a full 96 per cent of that age group had been vaccinated, compared to 93.2 per cent in the North East and Yorkshire, 92.2 per cent in both the Midlands and South East, 91.6 per cent in the North West and 91.5 per cent in Eastern England.
Across England 93.2 per cent of all residents of older adult care homes had received their first dose before Sunday.
The Midlands reported the highest proportion, 95.0 per cent, while south-west England reported the lowest, 91.2 per cent.
The other figures are north-west England 94.1 per cent; south-east England 94.0 per cent; north-east England/Yorkshire 92.7 per cent; eastern England 92.2 per cent; London 91.6 per cent.
The latest government figures show that 13,509,108 people have had the vaccine across the UK.
The update comes after Labour MP Chris Bryant claimed a mass vaccination centre in his constituency had been forced to shut because of “supply issues”.
The Rhondda MP wrote on Facebook : “It’s a shame that the lack of supply of the Pfizer vaccine for the next two or three weeks means that the mass vaccination centre is going to have to close temporarily.”
The Welsh Government said in a statement: “Over the next couple of weeks, we are expecting a slight reduction in the amount of vaccines we will receive from the UK government – this is a planned and expected change in supply that will affect the whole of the UK.
“We have factored this into our plans and it will not affect people’s appointments or delay when people are due to get their second dose. The supply of vaccines is expected to ramp up significantly from the beginning of March.
“Every dose of vaccine we receive will continue to be delivered immediately to all those who need it.”
Earlier this week Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was on course to have vaccinated the most vulnerable by its target date of February 15 in England.
He called on over 70s who had not yet had a jab to contact the NHS to book an appointment.
Figures released yesterday by the Department of Health show that 13,058,298 people have received their first dose.
A further 519,553 have been given a second.
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