One in five UK adults under 40 have still not received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, data show.
The latest estimates for the percentage of 18- to 39-year-olds range from 21 per cent in Scotland to 25 per cent in Northern Ireland, 22 per cent in England and 23 per cent in Wales.
Overall, 4.2 million adults under the age of 40 have not yet received their first dose, according to vaccination data provided as of yesterday (September 15). This includes about 2.7 million people in the age group of 18 to 29.
The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone 18 years of age and older from the end of June.
Statistics show that despite a number of initiatives to encourage take-up, including promotional campaigns, pop-up vaccination centers and discounts from businesses, there is still a large minority of young adults reluctant to have the vaccine.
Among 18 to 29-year-olds, the percentage of people without injuries is 27 percent in England and Northern Ireland, 24 percent in Scotland and 23 percent in Wales.
Across the UK, there are about 5.9 million people who are eligible for the jab, but have not yet received a vaccine.
Of this, about five million are in England, 402,000 in Scotland, 237,000 in Wales and 198,000 in Northern Ireland.
Large cities in England are still areas with a particularly high level of illiterate young adults.
Birmingham has the highest estimated percentage (50.3 percent) of 18- to 29-year-olds, according to an analysis by the PA News Agency.
The next highest is Coventry (48.8 percent), followed by London’s Islington (45.8 percent), Liverpool (45.7 percent) and Nottingham (44.0 percent).
In all, there are 45 local authority areas in England where at least a third of 18-29 year olds have not yet received a vaccine.
These include Manchester (42.7 per cent), Leicester (40.7 per cent), Sheffield (38.3 per cent) and Leeds (37.8 per cent).
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