TThree London neighborhoods have the lowest Covid vaccine use among young adolescents in England, according to the latest figures.
Only 3.5% of people aged 12 to 15 received their first dose at Barking & Dagenham while the rate is only 5.2% in Newham and Lewisham.
Meanwhile, only 15 authorities in England have managed to give at least a quarter of 12 to 15 year olds a first blow.
Richmond upon Thames has the highest adolescent vaccination rate in London at 25.8%. Next come 25% in Harrow and 22.1% in Barnet.
The situation is very different in Scotland where take-up is already above 50% in half of the municipalities.
Almost a month ago, the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine began to be distributed to all 3.2 million children aged 12 to 15 in the UK.
But the figures for England and Scotland – the two countries currently publishing daily attendance statistics – show wide variation from country to country.
In Scotland, 16 of 32 local authorities have now administered a first dose to at least 50% of every 12 to 15 years, with Dumfries & Galloway having the highest use (62.9%) followed by Perth & Kinross (62.6 %) and the Orkney Islands (62.1%).
The participation rate among 12-15 year olds for Scotland as a whole now stands at 46.5%, compared to just 15.0% in England.
The first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for young adolescents are administered in different ways in the two countries.
In England, jabs are carried out in schools by nurses and vaccination teams.
In contrast, in Scotland doses can be received by attending walk-in vaccination centers at GP clinics, pharmacies and community centers.
About one in 10 children in England in school years 7 to 11 was likely to have tested positive for Covid-19 in the week to October 9 – the highest rate for all age groups – according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
In a joint letter to parents of high school and college students last week, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi and Health Secretary Sajid Javid called for the “support” of parents to encourage their children to test themselves for Covid-19 twice a week and to “come forward” for the jab to ensure that face-to-face classes can continue.
“This is one of the best things young people can do to protect themselves and those around them,” the letter said.