SOME of the most densely populated areas in Oxfordshire remain behind in the vaccination efforts despite a Government push to get every adult to received their first Covid-19 jab by July 19.

NHS data has revealed major variation in areas with residents who have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 jab, and it shows that Oxford Central continues to have the lowest coverage in the entire county.

While nearly half of people in the city have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures show that less than half of Oxford Central residents have been vaccinated.

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Other areas with low vaccine coverage include Headington with 50.7 per cent and East Central Oxford with 56.5 per cent.

Numbers remain very similar in Carterton South where only 58.7 per cent have been given their first dose.

In contrast, across the rest of Oxfordshire the lowest vaccinated areas are Banbury Grimsbury with 70.8 per cent; Radley, Wootton and Marcham with 78.6 per cent; Botley and Kennington with 79.6 per cent, and Didcot South East, Didcot Ladygrove and Didcot South West with a little over 80 per cent.

This follows 'concerning' reports that reveal a rise in cases among the 18 to 29-year-old age group in Oxford.

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Councillor Louise Upton, cabinet member for a Safer, Healthier Oxford, commented: "The Covid-19 vaccine is our best way out of the current pandemic and recovering our social freedoms. 

"Uptake of the vaccine in younger age groups is vital to speeding up progress and protecting our community.

"I am certain that younger people in our city will take the responsible decision to be vaccinated and I thank them for that."

Currently, Burford and Brize Norton, and Hagbourne, Moreton and Cholsey top the list with the highest proportion of vaccinations, as all residents over 16 were given their first dose.

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As a final push towards the NHS' aim to vaccinate all adults by July 19, a number of walk-in clinics will be opened in Oxford in the coming weeks.

Pop-up vaccination clinics at Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University were offered on Wednesday last week and, in July, more will be held at large businesses, which have a younger age workforce, together with mobile vaccination clinics using NHS Health on the Move vans.

Across England, 26.4 million people had received a second dose of the jab by June 20 – 58 per cent of the population aged over 16 and over.

In total, 35.9 million people had received at least one dose of a vaccine by the same date, covering 79 per cent of people over 16.

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