The 15 areas in England to have vaccinated the lowest proportion of adults so far are all in London.
The City of London, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Hackney and Newham are among the worst offenders, where less than one in five adults have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Data from NHS England up to 25 February, first reported and calculated by Sky News, showed London is being left behind in the race to vaccinate. Elsewhere, more than nine in 10 local authorities across the rest of the country have vaccinated a quarter of their adult population.
The data analyses figures on those who have received a single dose across all age groups above the age of 16, as a means of tracking the pace at which the country is achieving total vaccination. As of 26 February, anyone over the age of 50 and all individuals aged between 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions can receive a vaccine. NHS workers, care home residents and staff are also eligible.
Half of London’s 32 boroughs have the lowest vaccination rates in England, with central London facing the toughest challenge. In total, 7.1 million people have received a single dose in the capital.
Part of the disparity between London and the rest of England can be explained by age, with London’s population being younger on average. Additionally, the lower take-up of the vaccine among ethnic minorities, coupled with London’s diverse population, negatively affects rates.
But as a whole, 18 of England’s top 20 areas with the lowest vaccination rates are in London.
“One area of huge concern for London is whether enough is being done to overcome the challenges of getting the vaccines out across a diverse population,” Dr Billy Palmer, a senior research fellow at the Nuffield Trust, told the Guardian on 19 February.
“Data suggests that the 15% of the adult population offered but not taking up vaccines skew towards ethnic minorities. The vaccine rollout must be responsive to the needs of those with English as a second language, or those whose historical experiences with health services mean they are less likely to come forward.”
London’s borough-by-borough vaccination rate, as a percentage of adults
Tower Hamlets 13.7%
City of London 19.5%
Hammersmith and Fulham 21.4%
Waltham Forest 22%
Kensington and Chelsea 22.2%
Barking and Dagenham 23.2%
Kingston upon Thames 28.1%
Richmond upon Thames 29.3%
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