Around a fifth of adults in Blackburn with Darwen have still not received a coronavirus vaccine, figures suggest – one year after they were all offered the chance to get their first jab.

Data has shown that roughly 18.8 per cent of adults were unvaccinated in the borough by June 5 – based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service.

In total, 103,065 people aged 18 and over in Blackburn with Darwen had received a first dose of the vaccine – around 81.2 per cent of those in the area.

Blackburn with Darwen’s Director of Public Health, Abdul Razaq, said: “There are still opportunities across the borough to get your Covid vaccine, whether it is your first, second, or booster jabs, it is never too late.

“The drive-through vaccination site outside Ewood Park in Blackburn is still open and is here until Monday, June 20, and is a really easy way to get vaccinated.

"You don’t need to make an appointment, you can just drive or walk in. If you are thinking about getting your jabs, this is a great way to do it.”

All over-18s in England have been eligible to book a Covid vaccination since mid-June 2021 in what marked a milestone for the vaccine rollout.

Adults aged between 25 and 29 in the borough have the highest refusal rate with just 69.2 per cent having received at least one vaccine while in the 75-79 age bracket, which has the highest uptake in the area, 95.8 per cent have has their first jabs.

Meanwhile, at least 4.7 per cent of children aged 5 to 11, 44.5 per cent of 12 to 15 year-olds and 58.3 per cent of teenagers between 16 and 17 have been jabbed.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recently advised the Government to provide an autumn Covid-19 booster programme in preparation for winter.