Most individuals admitted to hospital with Covid-19 are vaccinated


In Britain, as in the remainder of Europe, 80-90% of these hospitalised with covid are unvaccinated.

The Economist, 16 October 2021.

On 16 October, the Economist printed an article claiming that almost all Covid-19 sufferers in British and European hospitals are unvaccinated.

We’ve not checked the European knowledge, however that is now not true in Britain, the place the proportion of unvaccinated Covid sufferers admitted to hospital has been falling over time.

The newest knowledge from the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) means that the proportion of unvaccinated Covid-19 instances being admitted after presenting to emergency care inside 28 days of a optimistic check in England is now about 35%. When the Economist article was printed, this determine was comparable at about 36%.

The Economist has confirmed to Full Indisputable fact that the quantity it used was outdated.

Whereas it’s doable that safety from the vaccines could also be waning, the UKHSA figures don’t imply that the vaccines now not shield individuals from extreme sickness—as we’ve written earlier than.

Analysis reveals that the vaccines stay extremely efficient in stopping hospitalisation with Covid. On the finish of August 2021, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) gave a consensus view on the effectiveness of the Covid vaccines in opposition to extreme illness, saying: “For hospitalisation, with each the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, safety is ~80% after one dose and ~95% after the second dose.”

What is going on in hospitals?

Earlier within the 12 months, unvaccinated individuals did make up the vast majority of Covid instances in hospitals.

On the time, the information solely lined confirmed instances of the Delta variant in England, and included a number of totally different definitions of a hospital admission. Nonetheless it confirmed that round 70% of hospital sufferers with the Delta variant of Covid have been unvaccinated as much as the top of Might, or round 65% as much as late June.

We wrote a truth examine about this in July.

Nonetheless, over time, a bigger share of the inhabitants has been totally vaccinated.

The vaccines considerably, however not completely, shield these individuals from extreme sickness. Consequently, some nonetheless turn out to be sick sufficient to want therapy in hospital. And this small share of a giant inhabitants is now sufficient to make up a majority of hospital admissions.



Full Truth bought in contact with the Economist, which agreed that its figures have been an error, and advised us that the supply was a report introduced to SAGE on 9 September.

The report did say that 83.7% of Covid sufferers admitted to hospital have been unvaccinated—however this lined the interval between 8 December 2020, when vaccination began, and 28 July 2021. This features a time of very excessive hospital admissions across the new 12 months, when few individuals had been vaccinated.

After discussing the error with us, the Economist additionally drew our consideration to the notes on the assembly when this analysis was mentioned, by which SAGE says: “For sufferers admitted after 16 June 2021 (by which period vaccination charges in adults have been excessive) the vast majority of sufferers had acquired two doses. That is to be anticipated, as SAGE has famous beforehand.”

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After we printed this truth examine, we contacted The Economist to request a correction concerning this declare.

They printed a correction and amended the net article.

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