Covid jabs in Bristol drop to lowest level yet as a third go unvaccinated

The number of people who received a coronavirus vaccine fell to its lowest level on one day in Bristol since supplies were halted in April.

Only 59 people received either their first or second dose of the covid vaccine on Sunday, August 15, despite walk-in centres being opened up across the city.

Data from NHS England states that in Bristol, only two-thirds of all adults under the age of 35 have been received even their first dose of the vaccine – and less than half of everyone aged between 18 and 35 in Bristol has been in for their second jab.

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The latest figures for covid cases and vaccines shows that in Bristol, more people are catching the virus on a daily basis in the city now than are getting their vaccinations sorted.

Data published today (August 16) shows that there were 193 new cases confirmed.

That is lower than it has been on a daily basis throughout August – infections have been averaging around 280 people catching covid each day since the fall from the peak of mid-July. The number of covid cases in Bristol dropped to an average of around 275 a day when the school holidays started.

But most worryingly for health chiefs is the drop in the take-up of the covid vaccine.

The number of people in Bristol getting either their first or second jabs was averaging around 2,000 a day in June and July, but has dropped dramatically, despite opening up to all adults over the age of 18. On Sunday, only 59 covid vaccines were given across the whole of the city – the lowest figure since the two or three days in mid-April when a highly-publicised pause in the vaccinations because of a sudden hiccup in the supply chain, meant only a few dozen were given each day for half a week.

It’s a decreasing trend: Since the start of August, barely 200 people a day have been getting vaccinated in Bristol, even though a sizeable number of people haven’t yet had their first jab.

As of Sunday, August 15, fewer than two-thirds – 65.2 per cent – of 18-24 year olds had gone for their first dose of the covid vaccine, and only a quarter had received their second dose.

It is not just young people who are stubbornly not getting the vaccine. Vaccination rates for older people are not much higher – there are still three out of every ten people in Bristol aged between 35 and 39 who have not had their first dose.

Younger people are increasingly making up the bulk of the covid patients in Bristol’s hospitals, however. The latest figures from the BRI and Weston General show that, on Tuesday, August 10, there were 39 people in hospital with covid, with four of those patients on mechanical ventilation machines. There are 35 people with Covid in Southmead Hospital, and ten of them are on ventilators.

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