More than seven million Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in London as Britain rushes to vaccinate as many people to protect them against the threat of the Delta and other variants.
Official figures show 6,989,702 vaccines had been administered in the capital as of May 31, and the figure has since passed the seven million mark.
Mark Turner, Senior Covid Vaccination Officer in London, told The Standard: “It is a tremendous achievement to have donated seven million doses of the life-saving covid vaccine to London so far, which means that many in our city are now more immune to the virus.
“It is vital that everyone gets vaccinated when invited, having the two doses that offer the most protection.”
In a direct appeal to Londoners to always get the vaccine, he added: “If you are over 30 or otherwise eligible for the vaccine, it is not too late to come forward; vaccines are safe and effective, book your jab now.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘It is fantastic news that seven million Londoners have already received the Covid vaccine. Once again I urge all Londoners to get the vaccine as soon as it is offered – it is safe and it will save lives.
“The population of London is younger than in other parts of the country so I am pushing the government for more vaccines for the capital to help us all come back to the things we missed and allow us to see the people we love. “
Mr. Khan received his two doses of the vaccine.
London still lags behind the national average for the deployment of the first and second jabs, although part of the reason is the capital’s younger population – meaning fewer people will have become eligible to receive the vaccine .
In the capital, 52% of adults have had a first jab, compared to 74.9% for the UK. On the second jabs, the figures are 30.7% in London and 48.9% in the UK.
At first glance, the 13 areas with the lowest vaccination rates in England are all London boroughs, with Tower Hamlets in last place at 40.3%. In the second jab, the last 14 places are occupied by the boroughs of London, Tower Hamlets being again in last position with 18.3%.
Confirmed cases of coronavirus have increased in 28 boroughs, according to the latest figures which showed:
- The biggest increase in the number of cases in London was in Southwark, up 179.3% in the week to May 27, followed by Merton by 175%, but both from low bases.
- Three boroughs saw declines, Enfield down 15.5 percent, Redbridge 7.3 percent and Ealing 6.7 percent.
- The highest seven-day rate was in Kingston with 70.4 confirmed infections per 100,000 people in the week to May 27.
- The lowest rate was in Camden at 9.3.
- 23,462 other first doses of the vaccine were announced yesterday as having been administered in the capital.
- 23,763 additional seconds were announced yesterday as having been administered in the city.
The seven-day rate for London as a whole was 27.2 as of May 27, up 27.7% from the previous week.
However, the rate for Londoners aged 60 and over is rising only very slowly, to 8.9, compared to 30.8 for those 59 and under.
Older groups were much more vulnerable to the virus but are now widely vaccinated against it.
The detailed figures show:
* Southwark recorded 81 cases in the week to May 27, up 52 (179.3%) with a seven-day rate of 25.4
* Merton 66 cases, up from 42 (175%) rate 32
* Have 41 cases, up 20 (95.2%) rate from 15.8
* Richmond 41 cases, up 19 (86.4%) rate from 20.7
* Waltham Forest 67 cases, up 29 (76.3%) rate from 24.2
* Tower Hamlets 66 cases, up 27 (69.2%) rate from 20.3
* Kingston 125 cases, up 50 (66.7%) rate 70.4
* Islington 47 cases, up 18 (62.1%) rate from 19.4
* Lewisham 61 cases, up 22 (56.4%) rate from 19.9
* Sutton 42 cases, up 15 (55.6%) rate 20.4
* Barking and Dagenham 35 cases, up 12 (52.2%) rate from 16.4
* Kensington and Chelsea 40 cases, up 13 (48.1%) rate from 25.6
* Brent 104 cases, up 32 (44.4%) rate from 31.5
* Lambeth 179 cases, up from 54 (43.2%) rate 54.9
* Hammersmith and Fulham 55 cases, up 16 (41%) rate from 29.7
* Bromley 101 cases, up 29 (40.3%) rate from 30.4
* Newham 78 cases, up 16 (25.8%) rate 22.1
* Hackney and City of London 49 cases, up 10 (25.6%) rate from 16.8
* Westminster 62 cases, up 12 (24%) rate from 23.7
* Wandsworth 71 cases, up 11 (18.3%) rate 21.5
* Croydon 160 cases, up 16 (11.1%) rate 41.4
* Hounslow 155 cases, up 15 (10.7%) rate from 57.1
* Bexley 43 cases, up 4 (10.3%) rate from 17.3
* Camden 25 cases, up 2 (8.7%) rate from 9.3
* Greenwich 88 cases, up 5 (6%) rate 30.6
* Haringey 54 cases, up 3 (5.9%) rate 20.1
* Barnet 44 cases, up 2 (4.8%) rate of 11.1
* Hillingdon 148 cases, up 5 (3.5%) rate from 48.2
* Harrow 69 no change, rate 27.5
* Ealing 140 cases, down 10 (-6.7%) rate from 41
* Redbridge 51 cases, down 4 (-7.3%) rate from 16.7
* Enfield 49 cases, down 9 (-15.5%) rate from 14.7