‘Third of black adults’ aged 40 and over have not had first vaccine dose

The vaccination rate for people identifying as white British is 93%.

Vaccination centre at Twickenham
Vaccination centre at Twickenham

Around a third of black adults in England aged 40 and over have not received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, new figures suggest.

Some 63.6% of people identifying as black Caribbean are likely to have had their first dose, along with 67.8% of those identifying as black African.

The rates are the lowest among all ethnic groups.

For people identifying as white British, the vaccination rate is 92.6%.

The estimates have been published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and are based on first doses of vaccine among people aged 40 and over up to May 15.

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Vaccination rates for people from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds are estimated to be 70.3% and 78.6% respectively.

Some 80.3% of people from Chinese backgrounds are likely to have had a first dose, along with 87.5% from Indian backgrounds.

The figures suggest there continues to be a lower take-up of Covid-19 vaccine among some ethnic groups, more than six months since the vaccination roll-out began.

Rates for first doses also differ by religious affiliation.

The lowest rates among people aged 40 and over were for those who identified as Muslim (71.8%) or Buddhist (80.9%), while the figures for people identifying as Christian or Jewish were 92.1% and 91.0% respectively.

For those identifying as Hindu the rate was 89.0%, and for Sikh it was 88.5%.

Among all people aged 40 to 49 in England, 76.6% were estimated to have received a first dose by May 15, the ONS said.

This compares with 90.6% of people aged 50-59; 94.0% aged 60 to 69; 96.6% aged 70 to 79; 97.0% aged 80 to 89; and 96.0% of those aged 90 and over.

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