U.K. reports high vaccine participation, but some hesitancy among nursing home staff, minorities
The British government has been promoting its vaccine numbers hard, while it faces criticism for other aspects of its response. Britain has one of the highest death tolls in the world.
Most of those who have received the vaccine have received only one dose of the two needed to achieve the full effect. The first doses were offered to all those older than 70, alongside nursing home residents, caregivers, front-line medical workers and those with serious illnesses that might make them more vulnerable to covid-19.
Despite early fears about vaccine hesitancy, a spokesman for 10 Downing Street called the takeup “very high.” Like the United States, Britain has a small but vocal anti-vaccine community. Many of the hesitant, however, have told pollsters that they are taking a “wait-and-see” approach vs. outright refusal.
Britain leads Europe on vaccine deployment per capita, and trails only smaller countries, such as Israel and the United Arab Emirates, worldwide.
The quick rollout, combined with the high …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]