One million coronavirus vaccines have been given to Londoners, with health chiefs hailing it as a “brilliant achievement”.
Official figures from NHS England will confirm that the number of first and second doses exceeded the historic figure last night.
But the capital, which lags behind the rest of the country, has been urged to maintain its efforts to vaccinate the seven million adults twice to ensure maximum protection against a dreaded fourth wave of Covid-19 in the ‘fall.
More than 1.3 million Londoners remain unvaccinated and nearly four million more vaccines still need to be given for the city’s adult population to be fully immunized. It came as experts at Imperial College London were highlighting the benefits of vaccination, their latest study finding that people with a double bite were up to 60% less likely to contract Covid.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid told The Standard: “We have reached 10 million Covid-19 vaccines administered in the capital – a brilliant achievement.
“Adoption rates in London remain slightly lower than the rest of the country and I urge everyone to come forward as soon as possible for their first and second jabs as we take this important milestone. Get both doses of the vaccine. is the most important thing you can do to help build a wall of defense around our capital and our country as we learn to live safely with this virus. ”
Mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘I am incredibly proud that over 10 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given to Londoners. Every day we see the huge difference this vaccine makes in our fight against the virus because it helps prevent infections and save lives.
“But as our city opens up, it is vital that our pace does not slow down. We are working closely with the NHS to make it as accessible as possible and I urge all Londoners who have not yet had the vaccine, or who need to receive their second dose, make an appointment or attend one of the many walk-ins. vaccination clinics as soon as possible.
- Government Minister Michelle Donelan said the opinion of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) on whether to offer the vaccine to 16 and 17 year olds was expected to be imminent. Professor Steven Riley, of Imperial College, said such a move would have a “very good ripple effect” on reducing the transmission of Covid.
- The government was to remove France’s ‘amber plus’ list for overseas travel, meaning double-hit people returning to England would not have to be quarantined.
- There was also growing hope that Spain would not be on the “red list”, with several other EU countries possibly going from “orange” to “green”.
- The Office for National Statistics estimated that nearly 94% of Londoners had Covid antibodies during the week ending July 18. As of the end of Monday, a total of 9,987,319 jabs had been given to Londoners – meaning only 12,681 more were needed to reach 10million.
Health sources said the 10 million figure was hit earlier than expected this week after a “data backlog” was cleared, increasing the total to nearly 123,000 on Monday, about four times the number. average daily rate.
In London, more than 80.6% of the 6,954,983 people aged 18 or over had one jab and 63% had both jabs. But analysis of the NHS figures shows a big disparity between the boroughs, three – Richmond, Ealing and Hounslow – having given the first blows to more than 90% of the residents.
By comparison, only 63.9% of Westminster residents and 66.5% of Camden residents have experienced a first jab. This is in part believed to be due to the fact that some wealthy residents will have moved from London to second homes.
On the second jab, Richmond has the highest figure of 79.1%. Harrow, Bromley, Merton and Hounslow are also above 70 percent. But boroughs such as Tower Hamlets (50.5%), Camden (51.2%) and Hackney (53.3%) have barely double-vaccinated half of their residents.
Mr Javid said the jabs would allow people to go on vacation abroad, and stressed that proof of vaccination would be required for major music events and nightclubs from September.
“Please don’t delay – if you haven’t received your jab yet, do the right thing and book it as soon as possible,” he said.
Sir David Sloman, regional director of the NHS in London, said: “It is fantastic that 10 million Covid vaccines have been given to Londoners. I thank the many dedicated NHS staff, partners and volunteers who have helped us reach this important milestone. ”
The React 1 study conducted today by Imperial College found that fully vaccinated people were three times less likely than unvaccinated people to be positive.
Across England, there are around 2.8 million 18-29 year olds who are unvaccinated.
Dr Tom Wingfield, of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said the React study showed the recent increase in cases was due to the Delta variant and infections in unvaccinated young people.
He said: “Even with extremely high vaccination coverage, it is highly likely that we will have a new wave of SARS-CoV infections in the fall. By September… schools and universities will be back and there will be an inevitable increase in social mixing. “