Unvaccinated MAPPED: The EIGHT areas where rates are highest as nations target unjabbed

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Unvaccinated people are being targeted with tougher lockdown restrictions in several countries including Slovakia, Greece and Germany. The move has been implemented across Europe as the health crisis across the continent worsens with Covid infections spiking making Europe the epicentre of the pandemic once again. Case rates are now lower in the UK compared to some European nations, but health experts are still warning cases could spike during the winter. But which areas of the UK have the highest rates of vaccine hesitancy?

How many people are hesitant about the vaccine?

The Government, health experts and researchers have long been focused on creating clear messaging about the Covid vaccine to urge the vaccine-hesitant population to get jabbed.

The ONS published a report about coronavirus and vaccine hesitancy across Great Britain in August.

The report showed 96 percent of adults reported a positive sentiment when it came to the COVID-19 vaccine in the period of June 23 to July 18.

Four percent of the adult population reported vaccine hesitancy during this same period.

Vaccine hesitancy dropped among younger age groups compared to the previous report covering April 28 to July 18.

The report revealed vaccine hesitancy stood at 11 percent among those aged 16 to 17 years, compared to 14 percent in the previous report.

Those aged 18 to 21 were found to be vaccine-hesitant in five percent of cases, falling from nine percent in the previous report.

The figures also showed it stood at nine percent among those aged 22 to 25 years, dropping from 10 percent in the previous period.

Which areas have the highest rates of vaccine hesitancy?

London remained the most vaccine-hesitant among all Great Britain regions, according to the ONS.

In the first three months of 2021, vaccine hesitancy was highest among those in bad health were reported in Yorkshire and The Humber (15 percent), London (13 percent) and West Midlands (12 percent).

Although there was a fall in vaccine hesitancy rates between the two periods included in the ONS report (January 7 to March 28 and April 28 to July 18) – there were still some areas which had rates above the Great British average of five percent.

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The areas with higher rates of vaccine hesitancy than the UK average include:

  • Outer London – East and North East: 10 percent
  • West Midlands: Nine percent
  • Kent: Seven percent
  • Inner London East: Seven percent
  • Outer London South: Seven percent
  • Outer London West: Seven percent
  • Greater Manchester: Six percent
  • West Yorkshire: Six percent.

More than 50.7 million people in the UK have received one dose of the Covid vaccine, which equates to 88.2 percent of the 12 and over population.

In total, 80.2 percent of the UK population (aged 12 and over) have received a second dose, which is more than 46.1m people.

The booster programme officially launched on September 30 after experts found protection from the vaccine begins to wane over time.

All those aged 50 and over, as well as those most clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers, were invited to get their third jabs from that time – as long as there was a six-month gap between their second and third jabs.

As of November 19, 24.8 percent of the 12 and over population has received a third Covid vaccine, which equates to more than 14.2 million people.

New figures published earlier this month revealed unvaccinated people are 32 times more likely to die from Covid than those who have been double-jabbed.

The data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found between January 2 and September 24 of this year, the mortality rate for the unvaccinated stood at 849.7 per 100,000 people – compared to just 26.2 per 100,000 for those fully jabbed.

Deaths involving COVID-19 were consistently lower for those who had received two vaccines compared to those who had received one or no vaccinations, according to the ONS data.

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