The Covid vaccine division in England was exposed today. Only a fifth (55%) of those over 50 had been given their booster shot in England.

MailOnline Analysis shows that third doses have been distributed to some regions, reaching 90 percent of vulnerable adults who were previously prioritized during the rollout. 

Over-40s were able to receive boosters today. No10 targeted Christmas shoppers to provide ‘booster buses’ to speed up the uptake. 

The Omicron supermutant variant has led to it being accused of being slow and sluggish. Ministers repeatedly stated that boosters were crucial to stopping the threat from the wave.

NHS England’s most up-to-date vaccination statistics show thousands of neighbourhoods dotted across the country have already given third doses to the majority of adults.

This website has an analysis that shows how many inner-city neighborhoods are still behind on the roll-out. 

Sparkhill North in Birmingham was home to just 21 percent of those over 50.  13 other areas, scattered among Birmingham, Nottingham and Essex, also fell below the 25 percent mark. 

Experts condemned the uneven rollout because it made areas of the country more susceptible to the wave.

MailOnline was informed by Professor David Livermore (a medical microbiologist from the University of East Anglia): ‘These data clearly reveal substantial variation in booster roll-out efficiency. The NHS should restart delivery of the program in areas that are not performing well. 

England's Covid booster vaccine divide was laid bare today, with just over a fifth of over-50s having had their top-up jab in parts of the country. Graph shows: The proportion of people who have had a third dose in local authorities across the country

The Covid vaccine divide in England was exposed today. Only a fifth (25%) of those over 50 had received their third dose in certain parts of England. Graph: This graph shows the proportion of those who received a third dose from local authorities in different parts of the country.

Just 21 per cent of over-50s in Sparkhill North, a suburb in Birmingham, had received a third jab by November 28. Thirteen other areas scattered between Birmingham, Nottingham, Essex and Bradford also fall below the 25 per cent mark

By November 28, only 21 percent of Sparkhill North residents over 50 had been given a third vaccination. This suburb is located in Birmingham. There are also thirteen other locations between Birmingham and Nottingham that fall under the 25% mark.

No10 announced last week that it plans to ramp up the booster programme to 500,000 jabs per day and offer a third dose to all 53million British adults by the end of January to shield against the incoming wave. But the scheme already appears to be stalling with less than 330,000 delivered across Britain yesterday and just 380,000 administered each day on average. At the current rate, all eligible adults will not be boosted until February 10

No10 last week announced that it will increase the booster program to 500,000 jabs daily and provide a third dose for all 53 million British adults before the end of January in order to protect against the coming wave. However, the scheme is already in trouble with less than 330,000 doses delivered to Britain yesterday and only 380,000 being administered per day. The current pace means that all eligible adults will not receive a boost until February 10. 

Graph shows: The proportion of people aged 12 and over who have had a first Covid vaccine dose in local authorities across England and Scotland

Figure 1: This graph illustrates the percentage of children aged 12 years and older who have received their first dose of Covid in England or Scotland.

Graph shows: The ten best and worst performing neighbourhoods in England for uptake of the first Covid vaccine dose

Figure 1: The top ten and bottom ten performing areas in England when it comes to the uptake of Covid vaccine.

Graph shows: The proportion of people aged 12 and over who have had a second Covid vaccine dose in local authorities across England and Scotland

Figure 1: The percentage of children aged 12 years and older who were given a second Covid vaccination dose by local authorities in England and Scotland.

Graph shows: The ten best and worst performing neighbourhoods in England for uptake of the second Covid vaccine dose

Figure 1: Compare the top ten and bottom ten neighbourhoods that have received Covid vaccination doses.

Maggie Keenan — the first person in the country to receive a Covid vaccine — urges people to come forward for a jab on rollout anniversary

Today marks a year since Margaret Keenan (pictured) became the first person in the world to receive a Covid jab as part of a mass vaccination programme

Today is the one-year anniversary of Margaret Keenan’s (pictured) first ever Covid jab in a global mass vaccination program.

A year ago, the grandmother of the first British citizen to be vaccinated was urged to make an application for the vaccine. The Government also urges everyone to receive their booster shots.

Margaret Keenan was the first person to receive a Covid jab in the world a year back. She recently got her flu and Covid booster jabs, and has encouraged others.

The 91 year-old stated that being healthy and having the jab to get rid of this terrible virus was his best Christmas gift. 

Mrs Keenan — known as Maggie — spoke at University Hospital Coventry where she received her first vaccine dose on December 8 last year at the start of the mass vaccine rollout.

Describing that moment, Mrs Keenan — a mother-of-two and grandmother-of-four from Coventry in the West Midlands — said: ‘It felt great, honestly, I could not believe that things went so well, afterwards.

‘At the time I wasn’t feeling good but once I got that jab and things started to be better, so I had a wonderful year — thanks to the NHS.’

When she spoke about the people who are yet to have a jab, she stated that “It is amazing how many people do not want it.”

‘I don’t know why because they should have it… everybody should have the jab.

“I repeat this phrase over and over.”

MailOnline’s analysis shows two other areas had uptake of more than 85 per cent, with Yately East in Hampshire having the second highest proportion fully protected (85.5 per cent), followed by Bushey Heath in Hertfordshire (85.3 per cent).

These were followed by Fleet South in Hampshire and Pondtail (84.4%), South Knutsford in Cheshire and Bexton (83.6%) and Frimley Green (83.4%).

Hyson Green in Nottingham was, by contrast, the most popular over-50 booster site after Sparkill. Just 21.1 percent of the population came forward for the third jab. 

It was followed by Sparbrook South (21.9 per cent) and Small Health Park (22.9 per cent) — both in Birmingham — and Hockley and Jewellery Quarter in Essex (23.2 per cent). 

Data are taken from Office for National Statistics (ONS), population estimates for 2020. These numbers were calculated using population census data from 2011, so there is some uncertainty. Particularly, data from the second and first doses underestimates the number under-50s who live in certain neighbourhoods. This is because students at universities may have been registered at different addresses.

James Lawson from the Adam Smith Institute thoughttank said to MailOnline that he was disappointed once more by the lack of pace in the vaccination campaign and the large regional differences in booster shots given to the most vulnerable.

“There’s a 60-point gap between areas that are most and least vaccinated. Birmingham and Nottingham are particularly affected by the problem.

‘It’s shameful the vaccine campaign has languished given the Government now looks set to rush back to infringements on our most precious liberties — restrictions its own ministers can’t even comply with, undermining the basic fabric of the rule of law.

“Vaccines decrease hospitalisations, deaths, and other complications by about 90 percent. New treatments are available, which significantly reduces the risk from the virus, as well as changing the cost-benefit analysis for restrictions.

Instead of trying to find a expensive and inhumane plan B, governments should make every effort to keep Plan A safe. It is important to accept that Covid can be a problem and that effective vaccines for the weak are better than knee-jerk restraints.

No10 revealed last week it would increase the number of booster jabs to 500,000 per day, and provide a third dose to over-18s in January to combat the coming wave. 

Johnson declared last week that the vaccination centres would be sprouting up like Christmas trees. Health Secretary Sajid Javid promised to give the booster programme steroids to counter the Omicron threat.

But ‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson today admitted that another nationwide shutdown could be on the cards to tackle the variant as he warned the strain will be dominant before Christmas.

Today, Downing Street stated that no decisions had been made on Plan B. However, there are increasing concerns after 437 British Omicron cases were reported yesterday. There is now a highly-evolved variant in all of the UK’s countries and in most of England. 

With less than 330,000 boosters delivered in Britain yesterday, and an average of 380,000 being administered daily, it appears that the scheme is already in serious trouble. The current pace means that all eligible adults are not eligible for boosters until February 10th.

This weekend, there were fewer booster jabs in England than when Mr Johnson and Mr Javid promised to increase the program. 

Labour shadow health secretary West Streeting lashed out at No10, saying that they were’stuck on first gear’ during the rollout. 

Prof Neil Ferguson says a complete lockdown may be necessary to prevent Omicron from overtaking the NHS 

Neil Ferguson of ‘Professor lockdown’ admitted today that another shutdown might be in the works to combat Omicron, as he said the super variant would be dominating before Christmas.

A Government scientist whose modeling put No10 in lockdown last spring said that it was possible to return stay-at-home orders, should the mutant strain overthrow the NHS.

The BBC Radio 4 Today broadcaster said that there was a logic to trying to slow down the situation. This is to allow us to pump boosters to people, as we believe people who get boosted have the highest level of protection. However, it also allows us to better identify the threat.

He was asked straight if a lockdown could possibly be reimposed. At the moment, it might be possible.

After new allegations this week, it is not clear how British citizens will react to restrictions on Christmas social media. It was alleged that Boris Johnson hosted a rule-breaking Lockdown Party in Downing Street last Dec. when millions of Britons couldn’t visit their loved ones.

Reports claim that No10 has already begun to develop new plans to allow Britons to work remotely and to close offices in order to prevent harsher Christmas restrictions.

Yesterday’s Omicron briefing by Mr Johnson and his top scientists was given to Cabinet to try to ease up Ministers’ stances on tougher curbs.

MailOnline was informed by him that while we want the Government succeed, the truth is that they have been in the first gear of the booster rollout.

“Let’s pray they have finally grasped the ropes and that all their promises are fulfilled. Everybody should have the chance to get the jab when they can.

Matthew Lesh (head of research at Adam Smith Institute thinktank) also criticized No10’s slow booster campaign. 

He explained that although there were early signs of diminishing immunity, the UK’s health bureaucracy was slow in approving boosters. Now, we’re paying the price.

“The rate of vaccination boosters is currently far too low to provide vaccines for all 18-year-olds before January 31st. The promised increase has yet to materialize. 

‘But we know it’s possible to go much faster — with over 600,000 average daily doses achieved earlier this year.’

Mr Lesh asked the Government not to just focus on the NHS, but also involve the private sector as much as possible in the delivery of boosters.

Britons 40 years and older who have had their booster shot 3 months ago may book it starting today.

Updated national booking systems allow those over 40 who are in eligible high-risk groups or individuals with disabilities to make reservations starting today. Two months following their last dose, people will be able book one month ahead.

Officials will invite younger people to reserve their booster in coming weeks as they increase the eligibility for five-year-old age groups. 

Plans to increase the speed of the scheme call for Covid to send ‘booster buses’ to Covid stores to provide jabs to holiday shoppers. The mobile clinics, which are staffed by health officials, will allow them to reach their goal of vaccinations reaching 3.5 million per week. 

The Health Service makes it easy to obtain the vaccination from pharmacies, churches and shopping centers.

According to a health source, “We understand that people have a busy Christmas season but we believe it’s vital that they receive their vaccine booster as soon as possible.” 

“We’ll be providing vaccines in thousands more locations, and we want it to be as simple to obtain a jab to purchase a Christmas gift or turkey.

NHS launches a recruitment drive asking volunteers and paid staff to join its vaccine program.

There are 10,000 open roles, including those for vaccinators and administrative staff.

To increase the number of volunteers, the NHS works with St John and the Royal Voluntary Service.