Sumary of Covid jab uptake slows among young people in England, PHE says:
- Clearer information and messages from role models are needed to boost Covid vaccination uptake among young people, experts have said, as figures showed that fewer than 60% of 18- to 25-year-olds had received their first jab in England.
- Adults over the age of 18 have been eligible for vaccination against Covid-19 in England since 18 June.
- But according to the latest data from Public Health England (PHE), uptake of the vaccine in younger groups already appears to be levelling off.
- Data from PHE on Thursday showed the age group had a seven-day infection rate of 1,154.7 per 100,000 people – or 1 in 100. Vaccination rates are now rising only very slowly in each age group.
- More than 95% of people in England over the age of 80 have had their first dose, compared with 80.9% of people aged 45 to under 50, 62.8% of those aged 30 to under 35, and 58.4% of those aged 18 to under 25 years old.
- Concern over the slowing of vaccine uptake among younger people prompted Boris Johnsonto announce on Monday that from September only those who had had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine would be allowed entry to crowded venues such as nightclubs – although some have suggested this could be simply sabre-rattling.
- Experts say that such a tactic could hinder rather than help with vaccine uptake.
- there needed to be a broad package of measures to boost uptake, she said.