Up to four fully-vaccinated people are currently in Hillingdon Hospital with coronavirus, the council leader has revealed.
The unknown figure, which is lower than five, is out of a total of 12 people receiving treatment for the respiratory virus within the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The exact data cannot be revealed due to patient confidentiality, conservative leader Ian Edwards explained to his council at a public meeting last night.
Councillor Edwards said: “Hillingdon Hospital have informed me that they have 12 in-patients from North West London in their care, with none on intensive treatment units.
“Less than five of their patients have had a double vaccination more than 14 days before admission.
“I cannot give the precise number because NHS data protection protocols prevent disclosure of that actual number when the total is less than five.”
West London NHS trusts have previously said they are unable to share any data on vaccinated patients, citing “patient confidentiality”, without further explanation.
NHS London have further confirmed that they risk breaching patient confidentiality because the numbers are so small.
At Hillingdon and Mount Vernon hospitals, there are no patients in intensive care and none of the patients on mechanical ventilation have received a double vaccination, Cllr Edwards clarified.
Hillingdon’s infection rate is steadily rising and is up by a quarter from July 7, to 246 per 100,000 residents, he added.
Cllr Edwards added: “The vaccination of our residents has progressed well and in the context of London we have amongst the highest level of vaccinated residents, both the first and second dose.
“However compared to the national average we are clearly lagging, although the gap is beginning to close.
“With our partners we are continuing to work hard to get more jabs into more arms.”
He added that the level of vaccination hesitancy locally remains relatively high, particularly among the younger generation, and also for the second dose.
The leader urged councillors to encourage their residents to be vaccinated, warning that higher infection rates could threaten council services.
He continued: “Although the linkage between infection and serious ill health or death has been very significantly weakened, the consequences of high levels of infection locally remain damaging.
“The more there are infected, the more that we will be required to isolate, and this is beginning to feed through to create staff shortages within key services.”
When contacted, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS trust referred the Local Democracy Reporting Service to weekly reports on vaccine efficacy published by Public Health England.
Based on limited early evidence, The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 90-99 per cent effective against hospitalisation and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 80-99 per cent effective, the report states.
A North West London University Healthcare NHS Trust spokesperson said: “At present, the trust still has a relatively small number of Covid inpatients compared to previous waves but there has been a noticeable increase in recent days.
“We are seeing a mix of patients who have and haven’t been vaccinated. The vaccine does appear to be having the impact we would expect by often reducing the severity of Covid-19 symptoms.
“Infection control measures will remain in place at hospital sites for the foreseeable future including restricted visiting, the use of facemasks, handwashing and observing social distancing.”
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