Covid vaccine: 6.4 million people in UK remain completely unvaccinated despite being eligible, data shows

More than ten per cent of the UK population eligible for vaccination are yet to receive their first dose, according to data analysed by i.

Covid vaccine: 6.4 million people in UK remain completely unvaccinated despite being eligible, data shows
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Around 6.4 million people have not yet had their first dose even though they are eligible. Major cities such as London, Manchester and Birmingham have among the highest rates of unvaccinated people anywhere in the country.

Around 1.4 million of those unvaccinated are 12 to 15 year olds who have not yet had their first dose because of delays and disruption to the roll-out and around 400,000 of them are 16 to 17 year olds.

Covid vaccine: 6.4 million people in UK remain completely unvaccinated despite being eligible, data shows
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Scientists are still trying to learn more about the Omicron variant, and whether its spread will put health services in areas where vaccine uptake is low under even more pressure.

Westminster in London has the highest proportion of unvaccinated people with 40 per cent of its population without a single dose of vaccine. Kensington and Chelsea, Newham and Fulham all have more than 39 per cent of their residents entirely unvaccinated.

Covid vaccine: 6.4 million people in UK remain completely unvaccinated despite being eligible, data shows
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And in England, around 1.9 million people aged between 18 and 29 are entirely unvaccinated, around 22 per cent of the entire age group. This is the highest proportion of unvaccinated people in any age group.

Covid vaccine: 6.4 million people in UK remain completely unvaccinated despite being eligible, data shows
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Around 1.4 million of those unvaccinated are 12 to 15 year olds who have not yet had their first dose because of delays and disruption to the roll-out and around 400,000 of them are 16 to 17 year olds.

England has a higher proportion of unvaccinated people than Wales or Scotland, with 11 per cent unvaccinated compared to ten and nine per cent respectively. Northern Ireland is considerably higher with 14 per cent of its population unvaccinated.

There are fears that serious cases of Covid-19 in the unvaccinated may place undue pressure on the NHS over Christmas, which is often the NHS’s busiest time of year.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: “With Christmas around the corner, getting jabbed is the best shot we have to keep the country going forwards in our collective COVID battle.

“Whether it is for your first or second jab or booster vaccination, I would urge everyone to come forward and book your jab as soon as you can and give yourself and loved ones vital protection and peace of mind in the run-up to the festive period. It is never too late to get your vaccine.”

Covid vaccine: 6.4 million people in UK remain completely unvaccinated despite being eligible, data shows
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Speaking to Sky News yesterday, Dr Zudin Puthucheary, a member of the Intensive Care Society Council, said that 40 per cent of the unvaccinated are dying in critical care.

He said: “People who have chosen to be unvaccinated make up the vast majority of patients on the intensive care unit at the moment, and certainly most of our pregnant patients are unvaccinated.

“These are the young people – the vast majority of them do survive, 60 per cent of our patients are currently surviving.

“But that survival comes with a huge cost and that needs rehabilitation. We don’t have the staff, have the resources to rehabilitate these patients, and it may be up to five years before they reach their normal lives again.

“But 40 per cent of these people are dying, and they don’t need to die had they been vaccinated.”

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