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More than half of Peterborough under 30s yet to get Covid vaccine

A third of Peterborough adults still haven't had their first Covid vaccine, according to the latest figures.
More than half of those aged 18 to 29 have yet to book their Covid-19 vaccine

As of July 18, nearly 128,000 people had received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in Peterborough - around 67.6% of the total eligible population.

Less than half of the population (49.3%) had attended an appointment for their second dose.

All adults were invited to book their first jab on June 18, but takeup remains still low among younger age groups.

Among those aged 18 to 29, around 47% have received their first vaccine.

This rises to 54% of people in their 30s, 69% of people in their 40s, and more than 80% of those in their 50s and 60s.

Dr Gary Howsam, chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: “Covid-19 has not gone away. Whilst the vaccination programme is helping the country to get back to normal, it is critically important that people come back for their second dose. 

“The second dose of vaccine gives you the best possible protection against Covid-19, and you can have it any time from eight weeks after your first dose. 

“I would strongly urge anyone who hasn’t yet had their second vaccination, or indeed their first, to get the jab as soon as they can as we see case numbers continue to rise again locally.

“I want to thank everyone who has had their vaccination so far, and who has worn a face covering and followed advice on how to reduce the spread of Covid-19. All of your actions, no matter how small they may feel, are making a real difference, so please don’t stop now.”

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi revealed to MPs today that Public Health England data estimates the vaccination programme “in England alone has prevented 52,600 hospitalisations”.

He urged those who have not yet had their first dose - particularly in younger age groups - to come forward and take up the offer.

A motion with major implications has been raised for the next council meeting, due to be held on July 28, requesting that Peterborough City Council identify strategies to make the vaccination programme more accessible.

Councillor Shabina Qayyum (Labour, East ward) recognises that the negative perceptions surrounding the vaccine need to be addressed, but suggests that accessibility issues also pose challenges for "the visually impaired, disabled, less able-bodied and elderly populations with no access to transport" in getting their jabs.