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(Compostie: Mark Hall / JPIMedia)

England areas with fewest double jabbed people as government urged to rollout Covid boosters

The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines across England is estimated to have directly averted more than 143,000 hospital admissions.

Estimates had previously put the figure at just over 82,000, but new data from Public Health England (PHE) reveals the number is far higher.

The vaccines are also estimated to have prevented between 102,500 and 109,500 deaths, with PHE hailing the “vital role” of the jabs in reducing the risk of severe disease.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said a “wall of defence” is being built with every dose and those who have not yet had the jab are urged to book an appointment as soon as possible.

The government has been urged to “get on” with rolling out a vaccine booster programme in a bid to maximise protection against the virus heading into winter.

Ministers are still awaiting recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which is expected next week, but it is expected that the rollout will go ahead.

Boris Johnson has also stressed that the vaccination of 16 and 17-year-olds needs to “go faster”, amid concerns infection levels will rise as students return to classrooms.

While the vaccine rollout has been hugely successful, there are parts of the UK that are lagging behind, with many people still yet to receive their second dose.

Listed are the parts of England where the fewest number of people aged 18 or over are fully jabbed, based on the latest data up to 1 September. Images are for illustrative purposes.

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