Sadiq Khan hits out at Londoners after poll finds many plan to refuse to be vaccinated

Sadiq Khan: Too many Londoners hesitant about vaccine

The Mayor of London has come out to urge Londoners to get a coronavirus vaccine after a new poll by the Royal Society for Public Health found 14 percent of Londoners are “very unlikely to get the vaccine”. The figure is the highest proportion in the UK. Sadiq Khan has said any concerns Londoners have need to be addressed.

Speaking to LBC, Mr Khan said: “The issue is to make sure that those who need it most get it first.

“The focus is still those above the age of 80, above the age the 70, live in care homes or are extremely vulnerable and those who work in the NHS and care sector.

“It’s really important if you’re eligible, you get one.

“We don’t want the situation where those who are eligible aren’t taking them.

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“One of the reasons I’m here today is because too many Londoners are hesitant about receiving a vaccine.

“I think vaccines are a good thing.

“We’ve seen people that we trust; GPs, doctors in hospitals having the vaccine as well.

“The point I’m trying to get across is let’s try and address some of these concerns Londoners have.”

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It comes as a Cabinet minister has acknowledged issues in the vaccination rollout in her constituency, saying some individuals are receiving the “distressing and annoying” information that lower priority individuals are to receive jabs first.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said she has been contacted with concerns in the Suffolk Coastal area that some over-80s, and even over-90s, have not been invited for the coronavirus vaccination while younger citizens have been.

Millions of over-70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable were being contacted for jabs from Monday, but the Government said this will only happen when the majority of individuals in their areas in higher priority groups, as determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), have received jabs.

Ms Coffey said on Monday that her constituency has mostly received the Pfizer vaccine so far, which she said is “more challenging to distribute especially in a rural area”, with its need for ultra-cold storage.

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“Something is not quite working right yet though, particularly in one part of the constituency, as I am hearing from people in part of the area that 80+ and 90+-year-olds have not been contacted while some 70+ patients in the same GP practice were invited for vaccination,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I know it is both distressing and annoying when people hear that other cohorts of a lower priority (according to the JCVI) are being vaccinated ahead of our oldest and most vulnerable. On that point, every care home resident will be vaccinated by next Sunday.”

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi suggested that over-70s would not be invited for jabs until more than 90 percent of the over-80s in their areas are vaccinated.

He told BBC Breakfast: “Anyone who is over 80 watching us this morning should not worry because we are making sure that those areas have vaccinated the majority of their over-80s.

“And in some areas they’ve got to 90 percent of their over-80s, that’s where the letters are going out for the over-70s to invite them for their vaccinations. I don’t want them (over-80s) to worry, they will absolutely get that invitation.”

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