More than 200,000 frontline NHS staff and care home workers have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The figure will fuel fears that vaccine hesitancy among those paid to protect the sick and vulnerable could slow the road out of the pandemic and even delay the reopening of society.

There are 1,158,300 frontline NHS workers in England, but only 1,051,876 employees across all types of NHS work have had a first dose, according to health service statistics. Among care staff the problem is worse, with only 322,534 of 444,200 care home workers getting the jab. London has by far the worst vaccination uptake levels in the country among health and social care staff.

Last week Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, said NHS

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