A fifth of healthcare workers in England have still not received first Covid jab

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BMA chief urges NHS staff to take up the vaccine amid signs of gaps in coverage among ethnic minorities

More than a fifth of NHS healthcare workers in England had still not received their first dose of Covid vaccine a week ago, the Observer can reveal, as medics urged their colleagues to take one as soon as possible.

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The government has claimed that all healthcare workers have been offered a jab, but new figures released by NHS England show that only 77% of all its 1.4 million healthcare staff had received the vaccine by 20 February. However, that figure is likely to have increased further over the past week. The figure is also likely to be higher for those working directly with Covid patients, but no direct data is currently available.

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