Boris Johnson ‘worried’ about vaccination in London as case rate hits new high in two boroughs
Boris Johnson says he is “concerned” about vaccine use in London, which data shows more than 10% behind other parts of the country.
The Prime Minister has said he would like to see London’s rate increase so that it can catch up with other regions.
Only 55% of those over 18 in London received a first dose, compared to 73% in the South West, the best performing region in England.
Data from Public Health England shows that only 43% of Londoners received a second dose, compared to 57% nationally.
Speaking at Monday’s press conference, Mr Johnson said: “I am also concerned about London.
“It is absolutely correct that a lot of Londoners have come forward, we can be very proud of what the whey is doing, but it would be great if we could raise these tariffs even more.”
Despite more than seven million vaccines distributed in London, the number of Londoners who have yet to receive their second vaccine is over 1.7 million.
The latest government figures show the London boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth both have an infection rate of over 100.
The infection rate, which shows the number of cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period, shows Lambeth has a rolling rate of 114.4 with 373 total cases, while Wandsworth’s is 108.3 with 357 cases in total.
Mr Johnson announced at a press conference on Monday June 14 that the proposed “Freedom Day”, when all remaining restrictions were to be lifted, had been extended from June 21 to July 19.
England’s chief medical officer Chris Witty praised London’s attitude to vaccinations, but revealed parts of the capital were still 10% behind other parts of the UK. United.
He said: “The Londoners, like the rest of the UK, have shown great enthusiasm for vaccination.
Overall, the rates are higher than many countries would dream of having at this point, but they are lagging in some areas by about 10 percent from other parts of the country.
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“What we need to do is focus on those areas where the rates are lower because we want to get them to the higher rates, which protects individuals and protects those around them.”
The government is hoping that by delaying the final stage of the lockdown by four weeks, London and other areas can catch up as more people receive their second dose of the vaccine.
To date, 75% of UK adults, or 41 million people, have received their first dose – 29 million more have received their second.
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