Plea to get the Covid jab amid fall in uptake rate

No deaths, but concern is rising over drop in vaccination figures

Friday, 30th July 2021

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HEALTH chiefs are to step up their attempts to encourage people to take a Covid jab amid a sharp rise in cases – but a falling rate of vaccinations.

The Town Hall is concerned that the number of vaccine injections being administered in Islington is now hovering at around 2,000 a week – down from a peak figure of around 13,000 a couple of months ago.

At the same time, the number of people registering positive coronavirus tests in the borough has risen dramatically, most notably among people in their 20s.

Islington’s director of public health Jonathan O’Sullivan told a council meeting on Monday that there had been a fallout from the European football championships with more indoor mixing to watch the matches.

While there have been no deaths in Islington for more than two months, there remains concerns over how long Covid can leave even fit, younger patients with ongoing ill health.

Mr O’Sullivan said there would be more walk-in opportunities at vaccine sites and people would not be forced to give NHS numbers and immigration status to get a jab.

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