- Office of National Statistics counts deaths confirmed by coroner or doctor
- Say, four in England, four in Scotland and N. There has been a death in Ireland
- Government says AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna have saved 112,000 lives
Just nine people in Britain have died from a COVID vaccine, government statisticians announced today in an effort to allay concerns about the jobs.
The Office for National Statistics counts deaths confirmed by a doctor or coroner who have to prove cause to ‘the best of their knowledge or belief’.
For deaths where a vaccine is suspected to be one of the contributing causes of death, a longer investigation should be performed.
The ONS acknowledged its figure – four deaths in England, four in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland – is bound to rise further through the process in the coming months.
But scientists today questioned that number, which doesn’t yet take into account the dozens of deaths linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots.
The UK’s drug watchdog Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says there have been 72 deaths from clots since that jab alone.
Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick, said the ONS figure seemed “very low” based on information from the MHRA.
He told MailOnline that this ‘highlights the need for a more detailed investigation to reconcile these various estimates’.
The government credits the jabs of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna for saving 112,000 lives and preventing 24 million COVID infections.
For deaths where a vaccine is suspected to be one of the contributing causes of death, a longer investigation should be performed. In the picture, a pharmacist prepares to deliver the Pfizer vaccine, known as a comirnati
By 26 September the British people had their first jab. Youth groups have recently been invited to a vaccine
Rigorous trials have shown the vaccines to be completely safe for most people, including children.
But there is a very small risk of side effects, which can be fatal even for a small number of patients.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been linked to inflammation of the heart, known as myocarditis, especially in young people.
COVID vaccine uptake has stopped at 55% among 16 to 18 year olds
According to UK government data, coronavirus vaccines in older adolescents appear to be already on hold.
The latest data shows that only 55 percent of 16- and 17-year-olds in England had taken their first dose by 26 September, which had barely risen in the past three weeks.
The analysis was revealed in the new UK Health Protection Agency weekly report, which ended Public Health England’s pandemic duties.
This showed that the uptake in the age group was around 20 percent at the beginning of August.
That rose to 50 percent in three weeks after the roll-out was expanded to all older teens on August 19.
But progress appears to have stalled in recent weeks, with only a five or so percent increase in September.
All age groups have seen a natural stagnation in rapid growth, with the threshold being much higher in older age groups, which are more susceptible to severe COVID-19. For example, the range was around 90 percent for people over 70 and 80 percent for people over 50.
Experts said they weren’t necessarily surprised by the plateau. Dr Ragib Ali, an epidemiologist at Cambridge University, told MailOnline that older teens had less enthusiasm for jobs because many have already had COVID ‘so don’t think they need to be vaccinated’.
Britain’s drug regulator says around one in 135,000 Britons given the mRNA vaccine have had myocarditis.
Most cases are mild and treatable within a few days but the condition is thought to be more common in children and young adults, affecting one in 10,000.
The long-term effects of this heartburn are still not known.
AstraZeneca’s jab, which relies on more traditional technology for the other two vaccines, has been associated with blood clots.
The MHRA estimates that one in 66,000 Britons have the disorder, which can cause fatal brain blockages after the first dose of AZ.
It is more common in young people – those under 50 out of 48,000 – which is why it has been banned in younger age groups, who themselves are at low risk of COVID.
The MHRA says 72 people have died from that specific condition in the UK alone, six of them after a second dose.
This puts the mortality rate at 17 percent.
The regulator lists cases it suspects were the result of vaccines but the ONS only records instances where an investigation has confirmed the cause.
Professor Lawrence said the process is ‘not straight forward’ as it requires ‘death certificates, autopsies (if available) and detailed review of medical records.’
He added: ‘This is further complicated in cases where the deceased had one or more underlying diseases.’
On top of this, coroners across the country have faced a backlog of inquiries due to Covid-related deaths and the lockdown.
A coroner investigates all sudden and unexplained deaths so that a death certificate can be issued.
one in blog post Addressing vaccine safety concerns today, the ONS acknowledged that its vaccine-induced death toll was ‘likely to increase as numbers feed through the following delays’.
The agency said the actual number of vaccine deaths would be “significantly lower” than the larger figure reported in the MHRA’s ‘yellow card’ system.
This plan monitors all deaths and conditions in people in the weeks and months after getting vaccinated.
It has recorded 1,645 deaths post-vaccination till 8 September. That figure has been seized upon by anti-vax groups.
ONS says tally is a ‘big overestimate’ as it includes cases that have not been done…