CORONAVIRUS: NOTTINGHAM VACCINE UPTAKE 'DISAPPOINTING'
Infection Rates in Nottinghamshire Still Slightly Higher than the England Average
Nottingham Post Digital News Correspondent, Joseph Locker, writing on Saturday 10 April 2021, reported that public health officials say that Nottingham has one of the lowest vaccine uptakes with only the London boroughs, the Forest of Dean and Luton having lower vaccination rates in the over-50's age group.
'Disappointing' that vaccine uptake in Nottingham one of lowest in England, public health says
'We do still have a number of people who are eligible but have not come forward'
Public health officials say Nottingham having one of the lowest vaccine uptake rates out of the London boroughs is "disappointing" and encouraged those concerned to speak to health professionals.
It is estimated around 89% of the over-50s population in the city (76,976 people) have received the first dose of their coronavirus jab as of April 4.
Only the London boroughs, the Forest of Dean and Luton have lower vaccination rates in the over-50s group.
Comparatively other areas of wider Nottinghamshire have much higher rates.
In Rushcliffe, for example, 97.4% of those over 50 have been vaccinated and, just below it, 96.5% in Gedling.
Amanda Sullivan, chief officer at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, told Nottinghamshire Live she would have liked the city to be in the 90s.
She told a public health briefing on Friday, April 9: "Nottingham is 89% and that has come up very significantly in recent weeks.
"We are continuing to do more and more of our community outreach clinics.
"Yes it is disappointing because we would like to be in the high 90%, equally though it is much better than we have had in [other] vaccination programs, flu, for example, over the winter.
"I would really continue to urge everyone in those groups to take up the offer.
"If you have got concerns talk to one of your community leaders, a health professional, you can have a conversation at the vaccine centre if you have still got concerns, but I would really stress it is the best way to protect yourselves from Covid complications."
Despite the numbers being lower than much of the rest of England, she emphasised Nottingham had made "excellent progress" on the vaccine roll-out as a whole.
The latest figures showed that 547,585 vaccines have been delivered.
Everyone over 50, all front line health workers, carers and people who are clinically vulnerable are eligible for the vaccine.
Ms Sullivan admitted, "we do still have a number of people in those groups who are eligible but have not come forward and taken up that invitation as yet."
Louise Lester, consultant in public health for Nottinghamshire, said people coming forward for the vaccine is important as lockdown restrictions ease further from Monday, April 12, as to prevent those who are vulnerable from becoming seriously ill.
This is particularly important as infection rates in Nottinghamshire still sit slightly higher than the England average.
She added: "[Coronavirus infection rates] are still slightly above the England mean but we are going in the right direction.
"That alongside the vaccination uptake rates are encouraging and are also going in the right direction. This enables us to move to the next stage of the roadmap."