The Anonymous Widower

A Thought On Low Vaccination Rates In London

Could London’s bad performance be down to difficult parking provision at vaccination centres?

There was no parking, where I went to the Francis Crick institute for my vaccination.

But I went by bus and train using my Freedom Pass. So it cost me nothing!

According to my contacts at Transport for London, there are still a lot of elderly and eligible Londoners, who don’t have Freedom Passes.

I’d love to see a graphic showing Freedom Passes against vaccination in the over 65’s in London!

There are probably other related questions to answer.

  • How many no-shows at vaccination centres are down to parking problems?
  • How many of the non-vaccinated couldn’t find a centre close by, that they could drive to?
  • How many of the non-vaccinated object to spending money to get to the vaccination centre?

And many more! I hope a university is doing the research!

February 28, 2021 - Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. London also has large numbers of people from BAME communities many of whom are suspicious of the vaccines. Lots of lies about the vaccines are in circulation scaring people off.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | February 28, 2021 | Reply

    • I think there might be other valid reasons, for low rates in BAME communities.

      My next door neighbour is a black health professional from the French Caribbean, who is probably about 60. They have had two jabs, but told me how well their home island was doing, with no masks and life as normal.

      I looked the island up and their picture was very much with a rosy coloured tint.

      I suspect Brits in Germany look back on the UK in a similar way.

      So as some African, Caribbean and Asian countries are doing well, does this affect their judgement? Imagine if all your siblings in say Somalia are doing well without vaccination, that must surely have an effect.

      I have also been talking to a student, who has a Nigerian grandmother, who trained as a nurse before coming to the UK. She has seen the ravages of Ebola and other diseases in her family and is dragooning everybody to do the right things like social distancing and getting vaccinated. I’ve met a couple of Nigerian matriarchs and you don’t say No!

      It is a very complicated problem, with many facets.

      Comment by AnonW | February 28, 2021 | Reply

      • My previous comment on this point (not published) pointed to distrust probably being a stronger reason for low take-up by people of black and Asian background. A report on the BBC News website ( supports this view: “In the over 80s, 93% of white people have had the jab, compared to 76% of South Asian people and 61% of black people. GP Farzana Hussain told BBC Radio 5 Live that “for black Africans and Afro-Caribbeans, it does seem to be a historical mistrust in the system”. Ima Miah, CEO of the Asian Resource Centre, said: “There were myths around: Why did this happen? Where did this virus come from? Was it something intentional? Was it something targeted at the BAME people? Was it something to get rid of old people because they didn’t matter?”

        These are exactly the sorts of comments I have heard from neighbours, friends and colleagues.

        Comment by Stephen Spark | March 1, 2021

  2. This could become a much bigger issue as you go down the age range and ive heard leaders saying more mobile vaccination units should be deployed. That said London has responded extremely well to the restrictions with positivity rate dropping by 80% from the peak far more than any other area. You have to wonder if there a higher degeree of natural immunity forming across London boroughs.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | February 28, 2021 | Reply

  3. You may be right about younger people. I suspect too, that a fit 25 year old probably doesn’t see their GP or health professional, as often as I do, at 73.

    Comment by AnonW | February 28, 2021 | Reply

  4. “Could London’s bad performance be down to difficult parking provision at vaccination centres?”

    Probably not. Londoners are far less likely to own/use/have access to a car, especially those likely to be most in need of vaccination. Only two of my neighbours have cars; everyone else walks, cycles or uses public transport and therefore won’t be going to vax centres that are only accessible to car drivers. Many people are, quite rightly, extremely cautious about using public transport. In fact, my main client has a blanket ban on staff using public transport. Mobile vax units would be a good idea and I’m surprised they haven’t been tried already.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | February 28, 2021 | Reply

    • A District Nurse came to our house to give my missus her jab and gave me one at the same time. She said that she was working from 9am to 7pm Mon to Sat and 9am to 4pm Sunday. There are 4 nurses working like this she estimates 80 to 90 people vaccinated per day, over 500 per week. All on home visits.

      Comment by MauriceGReed | March 1, 2021 | Reply

  5. I went to local place – it is usually a doctors surgery apparently – and my husband dropped me – we had hoped he would be able to come in and that he would be able to come in with me and they give him one as well – being Extremely Clinically Vulnerable and shielding, he is the person I am most likely to catch the virus from. However, he is working from home, and only goes for a run, to his allotment, and to buy fresh food when he goes at 7.00 a.m. when Morrisons opens.

    Parking was very very bad, and there were stewards stopping people from parking – Neil went and parked in a side road some distance away, and walked up tp the place so he knew when I was out and he could go back for the car.

    Neil went to a big centre in Manchester, and the information said that “there will no problems parking”. They were fibbing! He parked a distance away and ran to the centre so he was on time. I couldn’t have done that, which is why I didnt go on my own – I did offer to take him but he said he was fine. He was given a choice of 6 places to get the vaccine, some of which were a 40 minute drive away. And from here, only accessible by car, or by train then a very long walk.

    Our daughters and partner have said they will get one as soon as they are offered one – they are all in their 30s. I am certain that if you could pay for one privately, one of them would pay and offer to pay for her sister, who would probably refuse. However, if they were available privately I would think even less of Boris than I normally do!

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 1, 2021 | Reply

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