Daily COVID-19 cases may be falling, but overall numbers of those testing positive for the virus remain worryingly high. The UK’s vaccination programme has been heralded as one of the best in the world, but some regions are far better at getting jabs in arms than others. Express.co.uk analyses the latest data to reveal the four regions with the worst vaccine uptake.
More than 50 million Brits have received a first dose of the vaccines in the UK so far.
This equates to 87 percent of the population aged 12 or over.
The uptake of the vaccine remains high with the number of people who have received a second vaccine jumping to almost 46 million, which is more than 79 percent of those aged 12 and over.
But there are significant regional variations in vaccine take up, as many are still resisting the Government’s calls to get the jab ahead of the winter.
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Which areas have the best vaccine take up?
Overall Scotland has a far higher vaccine uptake than England.
The majority of regions in Scotland have between 80 to 89 percent of their populations double vaccinated, whereas in England it is a far more mixed picture.
There are some regions in England with high vaccination rates, such as Northumberland, East Riding of Yorkshire and Dorset with 81 percent of their population double vaccinated.
But the majority of English regions have between 70 to 79 percent of their population having received two doses of the vaccine.
Government officials and scientists have urged Brits to get vaccinated, as unvaccinated people are far more likely to die from Covid or to be hospitalised.
The latest drive to get people vaccinated has been aimed at healthcare workers.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the Commons on November 9, a deadline for frontline NHS and care workers to be full vaccinated is expected to be set for April 1, 2022.
This comes after figures have been released that 103,000 NHS workers in England are still unvaccinated.