LONDON (AP) – New data from the British Bureau of Statistics on Monday showed that older people of African descent are more than seven times more likely than white Britons not to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
More than 30 million people in the UK, or about 57% of all adults, have received the first dose of the vaccine. However, there are significant concerns about the low vaccination rate and the reluctance to take the plight of some ethnic minority groups.
On Monday, the Office for National Statistics reported that the lowest vaccination rate among people over the age of 70 was 58.8% in North Africa and 68.7% in the Caribbean. Vaccination rates in Bangladesh were 72.7% and in Pakistan 74%.
This is significantly lower among white Britons of the same age group, which was 91.3%. The agency did not explain why there was such a difference.
Overall, 90% of all age groups in England have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The agency’s statistical modeling found that people of black African descent who did not have coronavirus surgery had 7.4 times higher rates than those of the white British group. It notes that the likelihood remains higher even after age, taking into account gender, socio-demographic characteristics and underlying health conditions.
Lawmaker Leyla Moran, who chairs the coronavirus party’s parliamentary group, said the figures were “deeply alarming” as studies showed that many ethnic minorities were at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
Monday’s data showed significantly lower vaccination rates in the poorest areas as well.
It was the first time that a statistical agency published an analysis of the level of vaccination of the elderly, broken down by age, sex, ethnicity and deprivation.
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