Ondon health chiefs have requested additional supplies of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to cope with worryingly low intake in the capital, the Evening Standard may reveal.
They want to provide doses to hundreds of thousands of younger people across the capital to slow down the transmission of the more dangerous Delta variant (Indian).
London health officials reportedly requested 367,000 additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna – which can be safely administered to younger age groups – on top of existing supplies.
Mayor Sadiq Khan also raised the issue directly with Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi.
Although Londoners have received 7.8 million doses, the capital has by far the lowest vaccination rate of any region or nation in the UK. About 68.6 percent of Londoners had a first stitch, compared with 79.2 percent nationally. About 43.4 percent of Londoners got a second stab, compared to 56.9 percent nationally.
London would need 3.6 million more stings over the next five weeks to meet Boris Johnson’s goal of getting two-thirds of Londoners fully vaccinated. This consists of 2,128,789 additional first jabs and 1,544,282 second jabs.
On Monday night, the Prime Minister told Standard he was “concerned” about the lower prevalence of vaccinations among the London population.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said one should focus on areas of London with lower vaccination rates to increase vaccination numbers.
Mayor Khan said on Tuesday: “Ministers need to accelerate the introduction of vaccines so that restrictions can be lifted as soon as possible.
“London has a young population, so it is important that the government allocate more Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to capital so that we can quickly provide first doses to younger age groups while promoting second doses. This final push will help us get back to doing more things we love and open up our economies. “
NHS London and Public Health England have worked closely with City Hall and agree that additional doses are required. A health source said doctors and health officials had a “practical stance” that younger people outside of the official target groups should not be turned away from vaccination centers.
“If there’s an arm in front of them, they don’t want that arm to wander,” the source said.
The Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine is no longer recommended for those under 40, which is why the other brands are being sought out for catching up.
The main reasons behind the lower vaccination rates in London are the reluctance of older members of the bame communities and the fact that the capital has a younger population who are less of a priority when it comes to vaccination. The median age in London is 35.6 compared to the UK average of 40.3. NHS London, which is responsible for the roll-out in the capital, does not want to comment directly on the lower tariff in London compared to all other regions.
Dr. Vin Diwakar, Medical Director of the NHS in London, said: “We are continuing to make vaccination more convenient for Londoners by extending opening hours and offering a wider choice of vaccination sites, allowing people to ask questions and help them to have a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine that could save your life and the life of your loved ones. “
More vaccination buses, public pharmacies, pop-up and walk-in centers, as well as local GPs and large vaccination centers have been rolled out across the city. In response to the Evening Standard’s press conference # 10 on Monday evening, the Prime Minister said, “A large number of Londoners have come forward and can be very proud of what they are doing, but I think it would be great if we did this could get “prices even higher.”
Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer, said vaccination rates in the capital are “higher than many countries could really dream of at the time.” However, he confirmed that London’s rates are “lagging around 10 percent in some areas” compared to other parts of the country.
“You’re high,” he told the press conference. “But they should be even higher.” As the reasons for the slower admission, he said that more Londoners have moved and the records are “less clear”. He also said lower vaccination rates were seen in other major UK cities as well.
“We have to focus on those areas where the tariffs are lower because we want to bring them all to the highest tariffs.”
Professor Matt Keeling of Warwick University said he feared that the demand for vaccines would “decline” if adoption shifted to the youngest age groups. He revealed that the modellers “had no control over” the number of vaccines needed in London due to uncertainty about the size of the capital’s population.
“London has had two very, very big outbreaks already,” he said. “In some ways they have more herd immunity than the rest of the country. I don’t think there’s a good reason we should focus more vaccine on London. “