London Mayor Sadiq Khan complained today about the city's vaccine supply of Covid after NHS figures revealed fewer people than any other region received bumps.
As of January 10, only two percent of people in the capital had been vaccinated against coronavirus, compared with five percent in the northeast and Yorkshire.
NHS England's first regional breakdown of vaccines by Jan 10 shows that the Midlands have vaccinated the most people for the disease and managed to hit first doses at 387,647 in the first month of launch.
This was more than twice as many as the 186,291 in the east of England, almost twice as many as the 199,986 in London.
London has only received 10 percent of the country's vaccinations so far, despite 16 percent of the population living with around nine million people. The capital and the east are the only regions where the proportion of vaccines was less than the proportion of the population.
The Northeast and Yorkshire as well as the Southwest beat over their weight and make up only 25 percent of the population, but use 31 percent of first-dose vaccines.
Mr. Khan said, “Me I am very concerned that Londoners have only received a tenth of the vaccines that have been given across the country. & # 39;
But NHS chiefs hit back, insisting the city "get its fair share" and quickly hand out the thrusts in more than 100 locations, including a huge hub at Excel Center Nightingale Hospital.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced today that the UK has had three million vaccinations since the introduction began on December 8th. The country aims to reach 13.9 million people by mid-February so ministers can consider easing lockdown restrictions.
Yesterday the UK death toll rose 1,564 as statistics show that more than 100,000 people died from Covid-19 in the past year and another 47,525 more tests were confirmed.
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Sadiq Khan said only a tenth of Covid vaccines across the UK have been given to people in the capital. Pictured: The vaccination center is open today at Lords Cricket Ground
Superdrug nurse Mary Saunders speaks to Henry William Rice, 95, of Guildford while he waits to receive the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine at Superdrug in Guildford
Brenda Clegg, 92, receives a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from pharmacist Rae Hynes at Boots Pharmacy in Halifax, West Yorkshire
The mayor said he was "very concerned" about how many Londoners received the Covid vaccine
Queues of ambulances were seen outside the Royal London Hospital as Covid cases in the capital surge
Mr Khan said: “I am very concerned that Londoners have only received a tenth of the vaccines that have been given across the country.
& # 39; The situation in London is critical as the virus rate is extremely high. That is why it is so important that vulnerable Londoners have access to the vaccine as soon as possible.
"I have repeatedly urged the government to increase vaccine supplies and I will meet with the Minister for COVID Vaccine Use today to ensure that we are urgently receiving a quantity of the vaccine that suits our size, density and needs in ours." Vaccine reflects city. & # 39;
It comes days after the mayor declared a "major incident" in the capital as the cases of Covid continue to increase if he does said the spread of the virus was "out of control".
Today's NHS numbers, showing for the first time a regional breakdown of vaccination numbers, show the Midlands have the most people vaccinated.
Numbers up to January 10 show that five percent of people in the North East and Yorkshire – one in 20 people – have already been vaccinated against Covid.
It comes after Mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured) declared a "major incident" in the capital as Covid cases continue to rise
HOW DO REGIONS HAVE VACCINE ROLL-OUT?
NHS England dates for first vaccine doses through Jan 10:
% of the local population vaccinated
% of English vaccinations
In London, where coverage is lowest, two percent had been vaccinated by last Sunday – one in 50.
And the Midlands and Northeast and Yorkshire combined have used 38 percent of the vaccines issued to date. They make up 35 percent of the population.
Despite being home to 27 percent of the country's population, London and the east of England have only 19 percent of the people vaccinated so far.
They are the regions whose share of vaccines is less than their share of the population.
The NHS does not give a breakdown of the age gap in England, but regions with more elderly people will receive more vaccines in the early stages of adoption.
Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs: “There are parts of the country where they have done incredibly well, for example vaccinating people over 80.
& # 39; We are now well over 50 percent in the North East and Yorkshire; less well in some other parts of the country. & # 39;
It is not clear whether some regions are vaccinating fewer people because they cannot get enough supplies or because they are not importing them quickly enough.
Cities, for example, were able to start vaccinating earlier than rural areas because the first batches had to be stored in special freezers in hospitals.
However, since the vaccine was approved by Oxford and AstraZeneca, it has been easier to send doses to nursing homes, general practitioners' offices and pharmacies, meaning places where the population is more dispersed should get faster.
Even so, London has the second lowest number of people vaccinated to date at 199,986.
Around 16 percent of the country's population lives in the capital, but residents make up only 10 percent of the people vaccinated by January 10.
Mr. Khan said he would hold talks with Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi "to ensure that we urgently receive an amount of the vaccine that reflects our size, density and needs in our city."
But the NHS hit back and said the city was getting its "fair share".
A spokesman for the region's health service said, "The NHS coronavirus vaccination program, the largest in the history of the health service, is off to a good start. A quarter of a million Londoners received their first vaccination against Covid and offered them significant protection from those most threatened by the virus.
& # 39; We have more than 100 vaccination sites across London including the NHS Covid-19 vaccination center at ExCeL London, with more opening all the time.
"London is getting a fair share of the vaccine supply for the priority groups we need to vaccinate by mid-February."
Boris Johnson confirmed the same thing, Sky News reported, and his spokesperson told reporters today, "We have rolled out the vaccination program across the country and made sure that every area receives an appropriate share of the vaccinations and we will continue to do that."
"You will continue to see the vaccination program accelerate this month and February, and it is clear to Prime Ministers that we will make sure there is a vaccination center close to everyone by the end of the month."
Reports from the city suggest that it may not be vaccines holding people up, but problems getting the bumps out.
A public health director in Newham, east London, said they were concerned about people refusing to be vaccinated.
Jason Strelitz told the Evening Standard, “It's a slow start. We have vaccinated in all of our nursing homes but are concerned about uptake and pace. We are already receiving information from our local NHS partners on a significant number of people who are not using it. & # 39;
The east of England, which includes Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, is the only other region that has reached fewer than 200,000 people so far at 186,291.
The largest number of people to get their first dose of a Covid vaccine was in the Midlands, where 387,647 out of 10.8 million residents were vaccinated.
London has once again become the epicenter of the country's Covid outbreak. The Office for National Statistics estimates at the turn of the year that one in 30 people in the capital carries the virus.
In the worst-hit districts, fear the rate could be as high as one in 20 people with the virus.
Another 10,020 Covid cases were reported in London on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people who tested positive for the virus in the capital to 538,132.
However, the number of hospital admissions has decreased. In one week, 5,919 coronavirus patients were admitted.
There were 7,606 Covid patients in London hospitals on Tuesday, 1,085 of whom were treated with ventilators.
According to official figures from the National Immunization Management Service, 2,371,407 people in England have already received a vaccine.
The shocks are currently mostly being distributed to people aged 80 and over who are considered more susceptible to the virus.
Priority will also be given to nursing home residents and their carers, health and social workers on the front lines.
The government said another 1,564 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday
It was the highest number of deaths in the UK reported in a single day since the outbreak began. This brings the death toll in Great Britain to 84,767
In the hardest-hit London boroughs, the rate could be as high as seven per 1,000 residents, leading to fears that London's hospitals will be at full capacity. Pictured: A paramedic unloads a patient from an ambulance at the Royal London Hospital in East London this morning
A cyclist rides over London's abandoned Westminster Bridge this morning on another day of national lockdown
Another 10,020 Covid cases were reported in London on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people who tested positive for the virus in the capital to 538,132. In the worst affected districts, it is feared that the rate could be as high as seven per 1,000 residents (image)
People wearing face masks waited at a bus stop in London this morning while restrictions on message blocking could be tightened further
BOOTS AND SUPERDRUG JOIN THE VACCINE PROGRAM
Boots and Superdrug started handing out coronavirus vaccines yesterday after No10 finally turned to main drag to fulfill a promise to immunize nearly 14 million people by mid-February.
MailOnline announced this week that the Boots business in Halifax and Superdrug's Guildford, Surrey office are joining the first wave of High Street chemists to join the national effort.
The chains are among the six pharmacies across England to be converted into Covid hubs and can deliver hundreds of puffs every day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Vaccines are also dispensed at Andrews Pharmacy in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Cullimore Chemist in Edgware, North London, Woodside Pharmacy in Telford, Shropshire and Appleton Village Pharmacy in Widnes, Cheshire.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the move was "fantastic" and "will make a huge difference" in accelerating the national stub program, while a government source said ministers are on track, with 3 million weekly by early February To reach shocks and the 13.9. To achieve your goal by next month.
The source told the sun, "We are in a good place and we have enough to keep our promise, with the offer continuously improving." We already vaccinate more than 200,000 a day and we are nowhere near able to do so. If everything goes smoothly, we could be doing 400,000 a day – three million a week – by early February. & # 39;
Independent chemists who have been begging to help for months said they were "concerned" that the target would be missed if more of England's 11,500 pharmacies were withdrawn. Since the national program started, only 2.6 million Britons have so far been encountered in early December, a fifth of the 13.9 million target by mid-February.
However, in central London, those over 80 make up only 2.5% of the population to the Trust for London charity.
The population of London is comparatively young compared to the rest of the country. The median age in the capital is 35.6, compared to 40.3 in the UK as a whole.
Despite the shocking numbers, rule violations continued to breach the restrictions.
Officials in the capital are said to have been "amazed" after being told to break a party at an industrial complex in Southwark last night, where they found at least 20 revelers on top of the building.
Police were called to reports of loud music from disgusted rooftop residents.
Many cheered the police as they arrived to end the illegal gathering on Pages Walk in Southwark.
The officers found more than 20 people drinking, eating, and playing music, and one officer was amazed at the violations.
Two people were arrested, including one on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and one on suspicion of drug trafficking.
Another five people received fines for violating Covid restrictions before the party was fully disbanded around 11:30 p.m.
It prompted Interior Minister Priti Patel to berate those who brazenly violated the restrictions.
She warned the police to continue to impose fines and take action against people who "openly break the rules".
It came after the Home Secretary confirmed that the government did not intend to tighten the lockdown in the next few days.
But the Mayor of London has called for stricter restrictions to stop the virus from spreading.
When Mr Khan announced the big incident in London last week, he called for churches and other places of worship to be closed.
In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he also requested that face masks be routinely worn outside the home, including in supermarket queues and other places outside that may be crowded.
He also wants more financial support for Londoners who are self-isolating and unable to work, as well as for daily vaccination dates.
In a statement, Mr Khan said: "The situation in London is critical now that the virus is spreading out of control."
Serious incidents were reported in London following the Grenfell Tower disaster, the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and Westminster and the Croydon tram crash in November 2016.
The Covid Crush-Hour: Currently, 540,000 commuters in London are crowding onto the Underground – construction workers are calling for non-essential locations to be closed due to fears about getting to work
That's when dozens of commuters were pushed onto the subway this morning – when construction workers requested a break for non-essential work for safety reasons.
The footage was shot at Canning Town train station in east London, which is considered a bottleneck due to the large number of builders and other key workers who live on site and rely on the subway to get to work downtown . TfL said there was a service problem on the ward this morning as well.
Despite concerns about the current surge in the virus, work in the construction and manufacturing industries has continued in all four UK countries for the past few months.
Since the beginning of March, London has been the Covid hotpot in Great Britain with 540,000 cases. However, in the past few days the number of hospital admissions has increased, while the recent daily cases suggest that the rate of infection is falling.
The footage was filmed at Canning Town train station in east London, which is considered a bottleneck due to the large number of builders and other key workers who live on site and rely on the subway to travel downtown to work . TfL said there was a service problem on the ward this morning as well
The UK government, which is responsible for regulations in England, urges employees to travel to locations when they cannot work from home. Its website says, "This is important for the country to keep operating and supporting the sectors and employers."
However, Will, a supervisor for a number of locations in the south east of England, said many of the employees he works with feel unsafe and requested a break from non-essential construction as cases of the virus skyrocketed.
"Much of the construction industry just feels so disappointed and forgotten during this second wave," he said.
“Like most construction workers, we are concerned that we will lose our jobs or just look bad for our companies by demanding that sites close to stop the spread.
“A lot of people here either don't feel safe or, frankly, don't care because if they don't come in they won't get paid, and it's bigger not to pay bills and put food on the table to be handed over to them. & # 39;
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