London Covid vaccine uptake is so bad these boroughs have worst rates in the UK

London has the lowest vaccine uptake in the country, with East London seeing the least number of people vaccinated.

Booster jabs are being rolled out rapidly to combat the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

However, many parts of London are way behind.

Almost all of the least-vaccinated local authorities in the UK are in the capital, according to official government figures.

Out of the bottom 10 authorities for vaccinations, eight are in London with a number of other boroughs in the capital with unusually low uptake.

Tower Hamlets in East London has the lowest proportion of people with three jabs in the whole country.

Although 65 per cent of the population in Tower Hamlets have at least one jab, a mere 14.6 per cent had the booster as of December 13.

Neighbouring Newham was the second-worst in the UK – the borough has long lagged behind the rest of the country on vaccinations and the booster jab has been no different with just 16.3 per cent of people there having had all three doses.

Newham also has some of the highest cases of Omicron in the country, with the variant especially contagious among the unvaccinated.

Six other London boroughs were among the 10 worst for booster vaccine uptake – the combined figures for Hackney and the City of London at just 18.1 per cent for booster jabs.

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As of December 12, Barking and Dagenham had just 19.8 per cent of its population triple-jabbed, Westminster had 21 per cent, Islington had 21.1 per cent, and Camden had 23.1 per cent.

All of these boroughs are well behind the UK average of 41.1 per cent of people across the country having received their booster vaccine.

The UK government has urged everyone over the age of 18 to get their booster vaccine as soon as possible to best combat the new variant.

Omicron now makes up 20 per cent of Covid cases in England and at least 44 per cent in London, where the variant is expected to soon account for the majority of cases.

Tower Hamlets Council has been contacted for comment.

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