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NHS must ‘redouble’ efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach communities as cases rise, MPs warn

Compared to people of White British origin, people of Black, Black British and Pakistani origins were less than half as likely to have had their boosters.

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The NHS must “redouble” its efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach communities as coronavirus cases continue to rise, MPs warn.

The Public Accounts Committee urged the health service not to take its “eye off the ball,” as a report found nearly three million people in England are still unvaccinated.

It comes the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK has risen 29% to almost 3.5 million, the latest figures show.

Dame Meg Hillier MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, praised the “successes” of the initial vaccination rollout delivered by NHS England.

But she said: “Despite work to date, low vaccination rates persist in many vulnerable groups and fresh approaches are needed to reach them.”

The committee also highlighted the comparatively low vaccination uptake which continues to persist in many vulnerable groups.

According to its data, overall uptake of vaccinations have been high, with 90% of adults having had two doses of the vaccine by the end of May 2022.