, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

Sir Patrick Vallance tweeted to clarify 60 per cent of hospital admissions are among unvaccinated people, rather than vaccinated

More than half of people in the UK being admitted to hospital with Covid are unvaccinated, the Government’s chief scientific adviser has clarified.

Sir Patrick Vallance originally said 60 per cent of hospitalisations were among people who had received both jabs, when speaking at a No10 press conference last night.

But he later tweeted to say the statistic was false, with the number actually applying to unvaccinated people. 

But Sir Patrick warned that cases among vaccinated people will inevitably rise, with none of the jabs approved being 100 per cent effective. 

It comes as the number of people requiring NHS treatment for Covid reached 742 a day last week — up 30.4 per cent compared to seven days earlier.

Meanwhile, around 3,630 people were in hospital with the virus across the UK, around one in seven of which were on mechanical ventilation.

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

While hospitalisations are trending upwards across the UK, the rate at which the number is increasing is slowing.  Week on week data in the three weeks leading up to July 13 showed the rate hospitalisations were increasing at dropped from 52.9 per cent, to 36 per cent and then 30.4 per cent

At the news briefing yesterday evening, Sir Vallance said: ‘In terms of the number of people in hospital who have been double vaccinated, we know its around 60 per cent of the people being admitted to hospital with Covid have been double vaccinated.

‘And that’s not surprising because the vaccines are not 100 per cent effective. They’re very very effective but not 100 per cent.’

He later Tweeted: ‘Correcting a statistic I gave at the press conference today, 19 July.

‘About 60% of hospitalisations from COVID are not from double-vaccinated people, rather 60% of hospitalisations from COVID are currently from unvaccinated people.’

But he warned the proportion of unvaccinated people seeking hospital treatment for Covid will definitely rise. 

Sir Vallance said: ‘What we will see as we get everybody — if everybody over 18 had taken up the vaccine, then of course anyone who caught it would be double vaccinated. 

‘So the answer is we should expect to see a higher proportion of people in hospital and catching the infection who are double vaccinated. 

‘That is inevitable that we will see that, because of the less than 100 per cent efficacy of the vaccines overall.’

Scientists estimate two doses of AstraZeneca’s jab is thought to be 85 per cent effective at preventing hospitalisation, while Pfizer and Modern are 89 per cent effective.

A single dose of any of the three vaccines is thought to be slightly less effective (73 per cent).

All adults in the UK have now been offered the first dose of the vaccine. 

But despite an expected rise in hospital admissions, the number of people going to hospital is significantly lower than it was earlier in the pandemic.

The UK recorded nearly 40,000 cases yesterday, while 742 people were admitted to hospital.

When cases rose to 40,000 during the second peak in December, around 2,400 people were admitted to hospital, showing that the vaccine rollout is weakening the link between positive cases and hospitalisations.

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

, Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions, Nzuchi Times

Latest Government figures show 742 people with Covid were admitted to hospital on Monday, a week-on-week rise of 30.4 per cent. Daily cases hit 39,950 and 19 people died within 28 days of testing positive. Meanwhile, 46.3million people have now had one jab and 36million are fully immunised

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