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Official figures show that 2 million people over the age of 50 in England still do not have a single COVID vaccine.
MailOnline’s analysis of NHS vaccination data means that one in 10 prioritized in the jab rollout still hasn’t come forward.
Despite the program’s inauguration as the first age group last December, more than 127,288 in their 80s have not been vaccinated.
Age is one of the biggest single risk factors for COVID. Nevertheless, analysis shows that there are 249,727 people in England in their 70s who are not known.
The figures mean that as of today, there is only two months for unaffiliated people in this group to be fully protected against COVID before the end of the year. People have to wait at least eight weeks between doses of the vaccine, and only 12 weeks are left before the end of the year.
Even if they manage to squeeze in two doses of the vaccine in this time, this group will miss out on the Covid booster vaccine which is currently being introduced for all over 50s.
That third dose has been shown in several studies to provide protection that goes above and beyond the standard two-dose regimen. People can get the COVID booster vaccine only six months after their second COVID test.
Scientists told MailOnline that those who choose to go untested may be complacent thinking the pandemic is over, while other experts have warned of the rise of anti-vax conspiracy theories..
While more than 50 people have received both their COVID vaccines, nearly 2 million, or nearly one in 10 over 50 in England, are completely illiterate as the country heads towards winter.
The graph shows the number of people in England who received their first and second COVID vaccinations as a percentage of the population
This graph shows the number of first doses of the COVID vaccine administered in England. There was an increase in vaccines in March, when more than 50 people were invited to get their first jab.
This graph shows the number of second doses of the COVID vaccine distributed in England. The number of second jabs has remained relatively stable since June, but began to taper off in September.
The latest figures on COVID vaccination for England show that 20.3 million over 50 in England had received their first jab as of 7 October.
This leaves between around 950,000 and around 1.9 million people over the age of 50 in England who have not yet received a Covid jab, with NHS England using two different population estimates to measure vaccination .
Which hasn’t been jabbed in the ’50s?
50-54s: 591,785 Unconnected
55-59s: 461,875 illiterate
60-64s: 328,654 illiterate
65-69s: 220,348 illiterate
70-74s: 157,070 Unaffiliated
75-79s: 92,657 illiterate
80+: 127,288 illiterate
Total: 1.9 million
This equates to about one in 10 or 20 of this demographic based on Office for National Statistics (ONS) or National Immunization Management System (NIMS) population estimates.
NHS England uses two population estimates, one is the ONS population estimate from mid-2020 and the other is the NIMS.
The ONS data set is based on a population census from 2011, so it is subject to a degree of uncertainty, whereas the NIMS is based on people registered with the NHS and is updated weekly.
However, the NHS states that NIMS likely underestimates the population and therefore the vaccine is underestimated. Death registration data is subject to a reporting interval, with some registered people no longer living in England.
COVID vaccine bookings are available from March 17 for all people over the age of 50, for older people and people with medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to a COVID infection than previously offered the vaccine.
As a general rule, the older a person is, the more likely they are to suffer a severe COVID infection if they catch the virus.
Some experts were surprised that not so many people over the age of 50 came forward for their vaccine in the next six months.
Professor Anna Whitaker, an expert in vaccines and behavioral medicine at the University of Stirling, said conspiracy theories, such as those spread on social media, may be to blame.
“It’s surprising that so many people don’t have their first COVID vaccine, but it doesn’t help with the spread of conspiracy theories and risks leading some to think it would be dangerous to have a vaccine,” she said.
The number of hospitalizations due to Kovid infection has started to decline after the increase in September
Covid infections per day have started to rise again after declining in September, but are still far from the peak seen last winter
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‘I think they have concerns about the safety and side effects of being sensationalized in the media.’
The risk of blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine was widely publicized when it emerged earlier this year.
But later research from Oxford University later showed that the blood clotting potential of the covid virus was much higher than that of the vaccine, meaning it still provided protection.
Number of Britons falling ill with Covid every day at ‘highest level since January’
According to the UK’s largest symptom-tracking study, the number of Britons who fall ill with Covid every day has reached the highest level since January.
Scientists at King’s College London estimated that 66,033 people were getting infected daily for the week ending 2 October, a 13.6 percent increase from 58,126 a week ago.
Matters in children seem to be taking a turn now.