Covid UK: Black Caribbean Britons least likely to be stung three times, latest figures show
Black Caribbean people are the least likely ethnic group to have had a Covid booster vaccine in England, official data shows.
According to the Office for National Statistics, only one-third of adults in the group (33.9 percent) had received a third dose by New Year’s Eve.
Whites were most likely, with two-thirds (68.4 percent) of triple jabs on the same date.
Meanwhile, Muslims had the lowest percentage of all religious groups (40 percent) and Jews the highest (70.5 percent).
Experts fear that low uptake of the vaccines among black and ethnic minorities will continue to disproportionately affect those communities from the virus.
The data also looked at the vaccination status of people aged 40 to 65 based on their occupation. It showed that health professionals in this age group held the most jobs (83.3 percent).
All NHS staff in England must receive their first dose by February 3 or they will be fired or redeployed as part of the controversial move. A booster is not necessary.
Health and social care workers, which also include nursing home staff, ranked 11th in terms of most stabbed occupations, with 73.9 percent aged 40-65 on three bumps.
This is despite the ‘no jab, no job’ rule that came into effect in November in the sector for all primary health and social workers.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that only a third of Black Caribbean adults had received a third Covid vaccine dose by New Year’s Eve, the latest date data is available for. By comparison, white Brits had the highest boost rate, with 68.4 percent triple jab on the same date – more than double the percentage
Muslims had the lowest percentage of any religious group (40 percent) and Jews had the highest (70.5 percent)
The data also showed that health workers had the highest number of jobs (80.3 percent). All NHS staff in England must get their first dose by February 3 or they risk losing their jobs
Experts fear that low uptake of the vaccines among black and ethnic minorities will continue to disproportionately affect those communities from the virus. Pictured: Masud Ahmad, 79, receives his first vaccine dose at Al Abbas Mosque, Birmingham last January
Covid outbreaks cleared up in ALL 150 of England’s local authorities last week, official figures show
Covid outbreaks hit all 150 local authorities in England last week, according to official data illustrating how the Omicron wave is fading.
UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) bosses have confirmed infection rates have fallen by at least 12 percent in the week to January 16 in every municipal area of the country.
The sharpest drop was in Wigan, where cases fell 59 percent from 2,121 positive tests per 100,000 people in the previous seven-day period to 867 per 100,000.
Meanwhile, scientists at King’s College London estimate that in the week to January 17, 144,527 people contracted the virus on any given day in Britain, a fifth less than the week before.
Outbreaks are declining in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as in every region of England, while cases are falling in every age group except under 18s due to the ‘back to school’ effect, the study finds.
Both findings are in line with the Office for National Statistics’ weekly infection survey, which found that the number of Covid cases fell by a fifth in England last week.
Professor Tim Spector, who is leading the symptom study, heralded the encouraging trend but urged the nation to be “sensible” as the number of cases remained high.
A total of 36.7 million third doses have now been distributed in the UK, with 80 percent of eligible people fully protected from the virus.
Britain’s rapid rollout – which has reached more people than any other country in Europe – is seen as one of the main causes of the low number of hospitals and deaths.
The ONS data shows that the second lowest uptake among ethnic groups was in Pakistanis, with only 37.8 percent of the group receiving a booster.
They were followed by black African Britons (37.9 percent) and people of Bangladeshi descent (46.4 percent).
Indian Britons had the second highest uptake of all groups, with 65.3 percent getting their third shot by the end of the year.
Hindus had the second highest number (70 percent) of religious groups, followed by Christians (66.9 percent), atheists (65 percent) and Sikhs (62 percent).
The third vaccination rate was higher in people who had English as their main language (66.6 percent) than in people who did not have English as their main language (45.5 percent).
Poorer people were more likely to be stabbed three times than the rich.
Seven in 10 (73 percent) of people living in the least deprived areas of the country have had a booster, compared to 54.3 percent in the most deprived areas.
Covid deaths in the second wave were up to five times higher in Bangladeshi Britons than white adults in England, while black Africans were 3.7 times more likely to die in the first wave.
No official breakdowns have yet been released for ethnic outcomes from the Omicron wave, but experts fear that lower booster intake in some groups could put them at greater risk for the virus – despite the variant’s overall lower danger.
Ministers announced last week that communities lagging behind in adoption will be targeted for some of the £22 million in funding earmarked for the Community Vaccine Champions programme.
More than 60 municipalities, including Bradford, Derby and Newham, will be supported with tailor-made projects to reach hard-to-reach groups.
Communities Minister Kemi Badenoch said: ‘In England over 80 per cent of eligible adults over the age of 18 have had a booster and for those over 50 this is 90 per cent.
“This is a big step forward so far, but we need to do more because we know that unvaccinated people are up to eight times more likely to be hospitalized than those who are stung.
“By funding Community Vaccine Champions – an army of volunteers who are at the heart of their communities – we can reach those who have yet to be vaccinated and encourage them to protect themselves and the NHS.”