Third of 18 to 29-year-olds have not had a jab as vaccine uptake slows to a fraction of what it was in the spring and infections soar among the young
- NHS England figures show one third of 18-to-29-year-olds have not had first jab
- Infection rates within young adults have soared to record high in the last week
- Vaccination rollout slumped to lowest rate in seven months as demand slowed
- Data shows case rates among those in their 20s are higher than in any age group
Infections among young adults have soared to a record high as vaccine uptake slows to a fraction of what it was in the spring.
One in three 18-to-29 year olds have still not had a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, NHS England figures show.
But the virus is running rampant in this age group, with more than one in 100 aged 20 to 29 testing positive last week.
Around three million young adults in the UK are yet to be vaccinated, even though all over-18s have been eligible since June 18.
Public Health England yesterday revealed that case rates among those in their 20s are higher than in any age group since the pandemic began.
The current weekly infection rate of 1,155 cases per 100,000 compares to a rate of just 60 per 100,000 in those over 80.
In total, 88 per cent of adults have had their first dose, but this falls to 66 per cent among those aged 18 to 29.
Official figures show vaccination take-up among the 18-to-29-year-olds has slowed with just one third receiving their first jab so far. Pictured: Robyn Coatsworth, 18, gets her jab in Truro
Young people hold up anti-vax placards at a demonstration in Parliament Square, London
The vaccination rollout has slumped to its lowest rate in seven months as demand slows to a trickle, amid rising concerns over vaccine hesitancy in the young.
Yesterday just 45,101 first doses were given out, compared with more than half a million a day in the spring.
The surge in infections is also hampering the rollout, with those who test positive unable to have be jabbed within 28 days of an infection.
Uptake has take slower on sunny days and on days when England played in Euro 2020.
On Monday Boris Johnson announced vaccine passports will be made compulsory in nightclubs and other ‘crowded’ venues in England from September.
When all over 18s were able to be vaccinated last month, several stadiums in London hosted mass vaccination events for young people in a bid to encourage take-up. Pictured: Emirates
France has reported a huge surge in vaccine appointments after President Macron announced a vaccine passport would be compulsory for people wanting to enter bars, restaurants and other public spaces.
Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, warned: ‘Young people don’t necessarily feel they are at risk… there is a view, particularly amongst young males, of immortality.
‘Younger people are more hooked into what’s going around on the internet. Fake news and conspiracy theories do have an impact.’
Slowing demand has forced doctors to send back unused vaccine doses, and several have reported no-shows.