CHILDREN in some parts of England are three times more likely to be vaccinated against COVID than others, new data has shown.
More than half of 12 to 15-year-olds have been vaccinated in the southeast of England, compared to just 40% in the northwest and the West Midlands. London has the lowest regional vaccination rate.
Bridget Phillipson, Labour’s shadow education secretary, says more needs to be done to encourage young people to get the jab. “As Omicron cases in the UK are starting to rise it’s even more important that we speed up vaccine rollout, but the Government’s lacklustre approach is putting children’s education at risk of further disruption,” she said.
She wants there to be better access to walk-in clinics and a campaign to show the benefits of the vaccination programme.
In other parts of Europe, governments are looking at making it a legal requirement to have the jab. Austria says it will be compulsory to have the vaccination from February 2022, and Germany could introduce the same rule. Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already agreed to ban unvaccinated people from restaurants, cinemas and lots of shops.