Vaccine uptake in England nearly halved amid conflicting messages | Vaccines and immunization
Uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine in England has nearly halved over the past two weeks, with health experts blaming mixed government messages about life returning to normal on July 19.
The Guardian analysis found that eating has slowed particularly among people under 30 in the past three weeks after Initial rush of enthusiasm which the government likened to a “Glastonbury-style rush”.
No major supply issues have been reported with any of the three coronavirus vaccines licensed in the UK.
at ManchesterWith coronavirus infection rates more than double the English average, trained military personnel have been deployed to help administer vaccinations, only to the soldiers so they end up with little work.
At lunchtime on Monday there was no queue at a pop-up clinic in Belle View, Gorton. In this ethnically diverse area of East Manchester, 61% of the adult population had received their first vaccine dose by Monday, compared to the national average of 86% (65% for two doses).
There were similar reports last week from another pop-up clinic on the multicultural Moss Side, where the first dose was 45% by Monday. People who attend clinics do not need an ID card, do not need to register with a GP, and do not have to prove immigration status.
David Reagan, Manchester’s director of public health, said taking the vaccine had since spread to both locations, but was concerned that people had subsided into a false sense of safety with all the focus on “returning to normalcy”.
He said, “There is a concern about messages being lost in [opening-up announcement] In terms of delta variable transmission. Yes, the relationship between infection, hospitalization, critical illness and death is severely weakened, but it has not been completely severed.”
He added that older groups are still at risk of serious disease even with vaccination, and high rates of the long-term Covid virus in all age groups could cause major problems in the future.
Designated as an “enhanced response area” in early June, Army troops went to Manchester to support mass vaccination. The problem now, Reagan said, is not capacity but participation. “We’ve gone from waiting lists and not being able to manage demand, to a place where we have the supply and we have to generate that demand.”
He said the city had 26,368 appointments next week and was using local social media influencers to spread the word, as well as “anti-mythology ambassadors on WhatsApp groups”.
The Sheffield The inner city areas of Cathedral Quarter and Kelham have the lowest vaccination rates in England. As of Monday, only 31.8% of adults had received one dose and 8.4% two doses.
Greg Fell, Sheffield’s director of public health, said that while he felt more open to the community was imperative, people should not underestimate the risks.
“I am upset at the thought that this is over and gone now,” he said. The roadmap is over, there is no doubt about it. But this virus is still hurting people and we need to continue to be vigilant about it.”
Phil said increasing vaccination intake before fall is critical. “I think the state has done a really good job of vaccinating, and there are no two ways about it. But there are still a lot of people who haven’t had a single dose. Don’t bother with a two-dose.
“In our 50s, coverage for us is 90% randomized, which is amazing…but that’s still 10% of the population over 50 [who have not had a jab]. In numbers, there are about 16,000 people over 50 in Sheffield who have not received their first dose. This is not a small number of people. Some of them will hurt.”
Phil said the cathedral’s numbers and all should be viewed with caution, given that an estimated 66.5% of the population were students, many of whom went home. “They will still be in our numbers but they will not stick a needle in their arm in Sheffield,” he noted.
On Tuesday only 85,811 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were given in the UK. The seven-day average is 114,1532, down 43% from 199,512 two weeks ago.
Vaccination data for children aged 25 to 29 in England showed that 27.6% had received their first dose by 8 June, when everyone in that age group became eligible. The percentage rose to 37.5% the following week and 46% the following week.
However, in the week ending July 6, the ratio rose only 2.6 percentage points, and now stands at 55.6%. A similar trend is evident among 18-24 year olds.
Covid-19 infection rates are high among young people, which means many will not be able to get their first dose yet. There were 422 cases of infection per 100,000 people aged 25-29 on July 2, more than double the rate for 45-49-year-olds, which is 189 per 100,000.