An East London hospital trust has the lowest number of vaccinated staff in the city and the second lowest in the country, new figures show.
Coronavirus cases have risen rapidly across London in recent weeks, with the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 shooting up.
NHS data shows Barts Health Trust has the worst vaccine uptake among its London staff, and the joint-second worst in the UK.
Over a million people in London have tested positive for coronavirus, according to figures from Public Health England.
Barts Health runs five London hospitals: Newham Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Mile End Hospital, and The Royal London Hospital.
While the majority of the trust’s staff have been vaccinated, 15 per cent have not – the second-lowest vaccination rate of any NHS trust in the UK.
Only Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and North Middlesex University Hospital Trust have a higher number of unvaccinated staff, with 16 per cent not having had the jab.
Four other trusts also have 15 per cent of their staff unvaccinated: Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham Community Healthcare, Homerton University Hospital.
The East London, Lewisham and Greenwich, and Whittington Health trusts are just behind with 14 per cent – making London hospitals some of the least vaccinated in the country.
Covid cases have been rising in Barts Health hospitals in the last few weeks, with a sharp increase at the start of October.
As of October 25, there were 125 patients in the five hospitals with Covid-19, with 34 in intensive care or enhanced levels of oxygen.
This is a jump from October 5, when Barts Health had just 85 coronavirus patients in its hospitals.
A total of 1,964 people have died with Covid-19 at Barts Health hospitals since the start of the pandemic.
A Barts Health NHS Trust spokesperson said: “The trust is committed to working with its staff to increase our vaccination uptake, with the data showing that we are making progress.
“Our core vaccination team have now been established in four hospital hubs, who are working alongside our teams to increase uptake for Covid-19 and also winter flu jabs.”