Nearly 60% of under-50s who died from Covid in November in the UK were unvaccinated, official data shows
- 156 under-50s in the UK died within 28 days of a positive Covid test last month
- 57 per cent of deaths in the age group were unvaccinated, laying bare their risk
- NHS workers are frustrated, saying deaths among the group could be avoided
Almost six in 10 Covid deaths among the under-50s last month were unvaccinated people, official data shows.
Data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows 156 people aged 50 and under died within 28 days of a positive Covid test and 89 of them had not come forward for a single Covid jab.
The figures equate to 57 per cent of deaths in the age group and lay bare how the unvaccinated are most at-risk from severe outcomes after catching Covid.
No data is available for UK-wide vaccination uptake by age, but nearly 80 per cent of 18 to 49-year-olds in England are double-jabbed, meaning the number of unvaccinated deaths occured in a much smaller group of people.
NHS workers say they are frustrated with the figures, because hospital admissions and deaths among unvaccinated Britons could be avoided if they came forward for a vaccine.
It comes as the Prime Minister this week unveiled plans to expand the booster rollout to the 53million adults across the UK to boost protection against severe illness and death over the winter months.
Data from the UK Health Security Agency shows 156 people aged 50 and under died in November within 28 days of a positive Covid test and 89 of them had not come forward for a single Covid jab. There were 61 deaths among vaccinated people, while the vaccination status were not recorded among six fatalities. Deaths among the unjabbed equate to 57 per cent of deaths in the age group and lay bare how the unvaccinated are most at-risk from severe outcomes after catching Covid. No data is available for UK-wide vaccination uptake by age, but nearly 80 per cent of 18 to 49-year-olds in England are double-jabbed, meaning the number of unvaccinated deaths occured in a much smaller group of people
UK’s daily Covid cases jump 14% but deaths and hospital admissions drop
Britain’s Covid cases are continuing to climb with more than 53,000 recorded today, official Government data revealed amid fears that the Omicron variant could wreak havoc on Christmas plans.
UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data shows there were 53,945 positive tests in the last 24 hours, up 14.2 per cent on the 47,240 recorded last Thursday and the most since July 17.
It was the second day in a row cases have increased week-on-week and only the second time in a week cases have breached the 50,000 mark.
There is no indication that the Omicron variant is behind the rise, with only 42 cases officially confirmed in the UK so far but there are signs that it could be spreading domestically.
Meanwhile, the number of people dying with the virus fell to 141 today, down 4.1 per cent on the 147 fatalities registered last week.
And hospitalisations also dropped, with 700 admissions recorded on Sunday, the latest date data is available for. It was down six per cent on the 745 seen the previous week.
The UKHSA data, which covers the four weeks up to November 28, shows 3,571 people died across the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test. Not all of these deaths will be directly caused by Covid.
Eight deaths among under-18s were recorded, seven of whom were not jabbed, while the vaccination status of one child was not known.
There were 13 deaths among 18 to 29-year-olds, eight of whom were unvaccinated, while three had received their first dose and two were double-jabbed.
And 35 people died aged 30 to 39. Among this group, 24 people were unvaccinated, three were single-jabbed and six had both vaccines. The vaccination status wasn’t known for two of the people who died.
In the 40 to 49 cohort, 100 deaths were recorded, with 50 unvaccinated, three single-jabbed, 44 fully immunised and three of unknown vaccination status.
Nicki Credland, chairwoman of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses, told the Times: ‘Staff feel frustrated with this . . . [intensive care] is in for a very difficult winter and it is very hard to cope with when some admissions could have been avoided.’
It comes after Boris Johnson on Tuesday unveiled the UK’s mammoth new booster vaccine drive.
He pledged to offer third doses to all adults by the end of January to shield the nation against the new Omicron supermutant Covid variant.
Mr Johnson announced he is drafting in the Army again to help deliver the programme and will offer GPs an extra £15 for every injection as he promised to deliver another ‘great British vaccination effort’.
A £5 bonus will be given to GPs per shot if they do them on Sundays and they will get a £30 premium for shots delivered to the most vulnerable who are unable to leave their homes.
The Government is also recruiting 10,000 more paid vaccine volunteers and ‘tens of thousands’ more volunteers to help with the mammoth drive.