Parts of London have only fully vaccinated half of the over-60s (compared to countrywide average of 82%)

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<p>The figures show a huge variation across London</p> (PA Wire)

The figures show a huge variation across London

(PA Wire)

Some London boroughs have only managed to fully vaccinate just over half of over-60s and have some of the lowest rates across the country.

While around four in five (82 per) people in England aged 60 and over are fully vaccinated against Covid, places such as the City of London (54.5 per cent) fall well below the national average.

The figures, published by the Press Association on Thursday, reveal the huge divide opening up across the capital’s 32 boroughs.

Other areas with lower percentages of over-60s having had both doses of the vaccine include Tower Hamlets (55.6 per cent), Westminster (56.9 per cent) and Newham (59.1 per cent).

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That contrasts with other boroughs, including affluent areas such as Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames, where take-up is significantly higher and more in line with the rest of England.

In Bromley for example, 86.6 per cent of over-60s have been given both jabs, according to Office of National Statistics figures.

The importance of getting everyone vaccinated twice was highlighted by a new study showing AstraZeneca efficacy rising to between 80-90 per cent after the second dose.

It comes as it was revealed a total of 3,424 cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus B1.617.2 have now been confirmed in the UK.

The figures are up to May 19, and represent a rise of 2,111 on the previous week, Public Health England said.

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In England 3,245 cases have now been confirmed, along with 136 in Scotland, 28 in Wales and 15 in Northern Ireland.

Earlier on Thursday, a leading infectious diseases expert warned the UK could be at the start of a third wave of coronavirus.

Professor Andrew Hayward, from University College London, said he was “very concerned” about the Indian variant due to its super spreading abilities.

Asked on BBC Breakfast if the country was at the start of the third wave, he said: “I think so.”

Prof Hayward said that the UK should not “waste the opportunity” offered by vaccination by allowing people to travel widely.

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“I think what we can see is that this strain can circulate very effectively,” the professor, who is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said.

Meanwhile, Downing Street denied that a NHS Test and Trace delay in alerting local authorities in hotspot areas to positive cases helped contribute to the spread of the Indian variant.

It follows a report by the BBC that for three weeks in April and May, eight local authorities in England – including Blackburn with Darwen – did not have access to the full data on positive tests in their area, meaning more than 700 cases were not reported and traced locally.

Labour said the suggestion that local public health officials had been “left in the dark” over their case numbers “beggars belief”.

But No 10 said the issue – with Blackburn reportedly having the highest number of missing cases – was “quickly resolved”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters: “In this specific instance, all positive cases were contacted and told to self-isolate for 10 days.

“As you know, there was a short delay when asking some of those positive cases to provide details of individuals they had contacted since contracting Covid.

“This issue was across a small number of local authority areas and was quickly resolved.”

How many over-60s have had both doses of the vaccine across London?

Bromley 65,171 86.6%

Bexley 45,705 85.0%

Harrow 45,340 84.7%

Enfield 50,220 83.7%

Richmond upon Thames 34,063 82.1%

Kingston upon Thames 26,940 81.9%

Barnet 61,988 81.7%

Hounslow 37,403 81.4%

Sutton 33,813 81.0%

Hillingdon 44,491 79.9%

Wandsworth 33,656 78.2%

Epping Forest 26,166 78.1%

Ealing 47,831 78.1%

Havering 46,807 77.3%

Redbridge 39,674 75.2%

Croydon 52,002 71.3%

Lambeth 28,136 71.2%

Waltham Forest 29,531 71.2%

Haringey 27,648 70.7%

Lewisham 29,140 70.4%

Brent 40,317 70.1%

Barking and Dagenham 18,966 68.4%

Hammersmith and Fulham 18,916 68.3%

Islington 20,344 68.0%

Southwark 26,000 65.2%

Kensington and Chelsea 20,695 62.4%

Camden 26,904 62.2%

Hackney 19,009 60.8%

Newham 23,502 59.1%

Westminster 24,988 56.9%

Tower Hamlets 16,817 55.6%

City of London 1,186 54.5%

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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