‘A need to go further’: Labour warns government over vaccine rollout complacency

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Labor has written to Health Secretary Sajid Javid to express concern over the current state of England’s Covid vaccination program and called on the government to “move forward” to accelerate the rollout of doses among children, youth and pregnant women .

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In a letter shared with GranthshalaJohn Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said “this is not the time for ministers to be complacent” that has been achieved and warned that “it is clear that the work of protecting the public has not yet been done”, a Again with the transition rate returning to the peak observed at the height of the second wave.

According to figures as of 30 September, around 50 local authorities across England – from London to Liverpool to Leicester – have offered single doses to more than half of all 18- to 29-year-olds in their region. Overall, 2,035,320 people in this age group are yet to get their first job.

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In other parts of the country, mainly in the capital, 30 percent of adults aged 50 and older were not vaccinated as of the end of last month, with wide disparities in coverage and infection rates among different ethnic groups.

Findings from the React study from Imperial College London, published earlier this week, showed that national cases are almost twice as high among people of black ethnicity (1.41 percent) versus those of white ethnicity (0.78 percent).

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Similarly, the rollout of dosages in young children continues to lag. As of 13 October, about 13 percent of children aged 12 to 15 had been vaccinated, compared to more than 40 percent of this age group in Scotland.

According to the Office for National Statistics, it comes amid rising case rates among secondary school students, one in 12 of whom were infected in the week ending October 9.

In his letter to the health secretary, Mr Ashworth said, “At the current rate of rollout in schools, it will take months to vaccinate all adolescents.” “Can you tell why this program is running so slowly?”

He also accused his counterpart of failing to address “confusion and misinformation” about vaccination of pregnant women, who have been slower than other groups.

The consequences of this hesitation were highlighted in new data released by the NHS earlier this week, showing that nearly 20 per cent of the most seriously ill Covid patients in hospital are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated .

“We need a strong public health communication strategy focused on vulnerable groups, including mothers, to combat dangerous misinformation,” Mr Ashworth wrote. “Can you assure lawmakers that pregnant women have not been forgotten?”

Research shows that pregnant women and their babies are at no risk from vaccination.

Slow vaccination among 18- to 29-year-olds is most intense in Birmingham and London’s Waltham Forest, Camden and Barking and Dagenham, where half of this cohort were unvaccinated as of 30 September. Other local authorities with coverage rates below 60 percent include Liverpool, Peterborough, Manchester and Nottingham.

“Such a low coverage rate among people under the age of 30 is not enough,” said the shadow health secretary.

Health officials are particularly concerned about the lack of vaccine coverage in the pockets of the over 50 population, which is more vulnerable to serious illness and hospitalization than younger peers.

As of September 30, more than 25 percent of people aged 50 and older in Westminster, Lambeth, and Hammersmith and Fulham had not come forward for the first dose. Outside the capital, this figure is 19 percent in Manchester, 16 percent in Birmingham and 15 percent in Oxford.

Evelyn Akoto, head of the Council for Health and Wellbeing in Southwark, where 73 per cent of the over 50 have been fully vaccinated, said it is “not surprising” that the borough has more than other areas of England. The offtake is low.

“We know that some of our communities, especially our black and ethnic minority communities, lack confidence in the establishment and fear pre-Covid vaccine programs,” she said. “The concerns are complex, and they vary by ethnicity.”

He noted that highly diverse communities in boroughs such as Peckham have been targeted by anti-Vax people who have attempted to distribute misinformation among ethnic minority groups.

Ms Akoto said, while 88 percent of white people in Southwark have two doses, only 58 percent of black Caribbean people have been fully vaccinated, adding that the council is holding meetings with different communities, faith leaders and age groups. in order to encourage upliftment. . Volunteers have visited more than 7,000 homes in the borough to promote vaccines.

Race equality think tank, RunnyMed Trust, said mistrust of the vaccine program among ethnic minority groups was linked to “historic policy failures, such as the segregation brought about by Stop and Search”.

CEO Dr Halima Begum said: “Access to a vaccine is treated as a given. But what people don’t see is the fact that unequal access to health services leads to poor access to health services in disadvantaged communities and areas across the UK. Had to take less.

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