One in eight Wigan adults still unvaccinated against Covid-19
All over-18s in England have been eligible to book a Covid vaccination since mid-June 2021 in what marked a milestone for the vaccine rollout.
Data from NHS England shows 236,312 people aged 18 and over in Wigan had received a first dose of the vaccine by June 5 – at least 86.4 per cent of those in the area, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service.
But it means roughly 13.6 per cent remain unvaccinated.
Rates nationally differed between just 63.9 per cent in Westminster, and 93.3 per cent in Hambleton, Yorkshire.
Using Office for National Statistics data, which experts say are more accurate at a national level, figures show around 93.3 per cent of adults across England had received a first jab by June 5.
Dr Simon Williams, of Swansea University, has been running a study into the public's attitude towards vaccines, and said ethnicity and deprivation are the two biggest factors which can help explain the inequalities in vaccine coverage.
The lecturer in psychology said a long history of social and economic inequality, experiences of systemic discrimination, and health disparities have led to more mistrust of government in some ethnic communities, particularly Black British ones.
Mr Williams also said a younger age demographic, vaccine misinformation and social norms have all contributed to low uptake rates in some areas.
He added: "Vaccines are the tools to continue to reduce the harm that Covid inflicts on people, including death and hospitalisations, but also reducing future rates of long Covid which currently affects 1.2 million people and the long terms impacts we still don't fully understand.
"We also need to better engage with some communities to understand what economic, social and cultural factors might be explaining why uptake is so low."
Mr Williams said many people think the pandemic is over and are much less worried about the risk of infection now, but the unvaccinated are still at a greater risk of infection and serious illness than those who have been fully vaccinated.