Map shows vaccination rates for over 80s in London have fallen behind rest of the country

Connor Parker
·6 min read
The UK is leading the race to vaccinate its population. (PA/Yahoo)
The UK is leading the race to vaccinate its population. (PA/Yahoo)

While there is little doubt the UK has managed to roll out its vaccination programme with remarkable efficiency, new figures show that people in some areas are being left behind.

Provisional data from NHS England reveals that while many areas have managed to give a first dose to more than 80% of their over-80s, some areas fall far shorter, with one part of London as low as just 60%.

The figures, which cover up to 24 January, show most areas of England have vaccinated more than 8 in 10 of the most vulnerable with North East England/Yorkshire having the highest rate of 83.7%.

The only places with a rate below 80% are Eastern England (79.9%), South East England (78.3%) and London at 65.4%.

The remaining areas figures are:

  • South West England on 83.4%

  • North West England on 81.8%

  • Midlands on 80.5%

So far a total of 6,918,853 COVID-19 vaccinations have taken place in England, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 252,992 on the previous day’s figures.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has previously said the capital had not been getting his fair share of the vaccine.

On 14 January he said was “hugely concerned” about the number of vaccines that had been given to the capital.

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At the time the NHS and the government denied London was receiving less than its fair share of the vaccines.

New data has also found at least 10% of the white British population of England are likely to have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, compared with around 6% of the Asian population and 4% of the black population.

Provisional figures from NHS England show the number of first doses given to different ethnic groups up to 24 January.

Using the latest available population ethnicity estimates from the Office for National Statistics – for 2016 – it is possible to produce rough figures for the proportion of ethnic groups likely to have had their first jab.

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London has the lowest vaccine rate in England (PA)
London has the lowest vaccine rate in England (PA)

However, the proportions are likely to be an underestimate, as the NHS England data shows more than half a million first doses have been given to people whose ethnicity was not known or not stated.

Researchers analysing GP records for NHS England have found a “substantial divergence” in vaccination rates when broken down by ethnicity and deprivation, with white people twice as likely to have been vaccinated than black people.

The study from a paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed found that 42.5% of the 788,806 white people in this group had been vaccinated, compared with 20.5% of the 10,329 black people.

The UK is proceeding at breakneck speed in vaccinating its population and has the fastest rate in the Western World.

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The UK has vaccinated 10.79 per 100 people of its population compared to the US which has 6.87 and Denmark (the best performing EU nation) which is on 3.73.

Provisional figures from NHS England show the number of first doses broken down by so-called Sustainability & Transformational Partnerships (STPs), each of which contains a number of local authorities, NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

There are 42 STPs covering the whole of England and figures show that up to January 24 Gloucestershire STP had the highest proportion of people aged 80 and over who had received their first vaccine dose, followed by Herefordshire & Worcestershire (89%) and Northamptonshire (87%).

The STPs with the lowest proportions were Our Healthier South East London (60%) and East London Health & Care Partnership (63%).

The highest was in Gloucestershire where some 91% of people aged 80 and over have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The full list is below and refers to (from left to right) the name of STP; the number of people covered by the STP aged 80 and over who full received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine; this number as a percentage of the latest population estimate for all people aged 80 in the area

Gloucestershire 34,061 91.1%

Herefordshire and Worcestershire 44,113 89.4%

Northamptonshire 28,551 87.2%

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria 80,491 87.0%

Frimley Health and Care ICS 29,528 86.6%

Humber, Coast and Vale 87,449 86.6%

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent 52,389 86.1%

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire 40,735 86.0%

Cumbria and North East 138,347 85.9%

Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire 43,077 85.6%

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 90,490 85.1%

Coventry and Warwickshire 40,058 84.8%

Dorset 48,206 83.7%

Hertfordshire and West Essex 63,338 82.6%

Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership 58,730 82.4%

Joined Up Care Derbyshire 45,760 82.3%

Somerset 31,358 81.9%

Mid and South Essex 52,042 81.8%

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West 72,225 81.7%

West Yorkshire and Harrogate (Health and Care Partnership) 86,965 81.2%

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 36,335 81.1%

Cheshire and Merseyside 109,663 81.0%

Lincolnshire 37,220 80.0%

Devon 63,305 79.6%

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes 31,580 79.5%

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Social Care Partnership 28,847 78.9%

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw 59,068 78.6%

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership 92,888 78.6%

The Black Country and West Birmingham 49,970 77.8%

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 40,435 76.6%

Birmingham and Solihull 40,300 76.5%

Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership 46,270 76.3%

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Health and Care 37,140 74.6%

Sussex Health and Care Partnership 81,614 73.0%

Kent and Medway 70,710 72.2%

South West London Health and Care Partnership 39,498 71.4%

Suffolk and North East Essex 43,945 71.0%

Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin 19,135 66.8%

North London Partners in Health and Care 34,093 66.6%

North West London Health and Care Partnership 50,811 66.0%

East London Health and Care Partnership 36,217 63.0%

Our Healthier South East London 36,651 60.4%