Around one in 10 adults in Braintree and Maldon have still not received a coronavirus vaccine, figures suggest.

Data from NHS England shows 112,532 people aged 18 and over in Braintree had received a first dose of the vaccine by June 5 – at least 89 per cent of those in the area.

Maldon figures show a further 51,469 people aged 18 and over had the jab by June 5 – at least 91 per cent of those in the area.

Rates nationally differed between just 63.9 per cent in Westminster, and 93.3 per cent in Hambleton, Yorkshire.

Using Office for National Statistics data, which experts say are more accurate at a national level, figures show around 93.3 per cent of adults across England had received a first jab by June 5.

Dr Simon Williams, of Swansea University, has been running a study into the public's attitude towards vaccines, and said ethnicity and deprivation are the two biggest factors which can help explain the inequalities in vaccine coverage.

He added: "Vaccines are the tools to continue to reduce the harm that Covid inflicts on people, including death and hospitalisations, but also reducing future rates of long Covid which currently affects 1.2 million people and the long terms impacts we still don't fully understand.

"We also need to better engage with some communities to understand what economic, social and cultural factors might be explaining why uptake is so low."

With 78.8 per cent having received at least one vaccine, those aged 25-29 have the highest refusal rates in Braintree while Maldon stands at 79.1 per cent.