Fact Check: Doubly Vaccinated Individuals Do NOT Make Up 60% Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations In The U.K.

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Doubly Vaccinated Individuals Do NOT Make Up 60% Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations In The U.K. Unvaccinated

Do individuals who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom make up 60% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in that country? No, that's not true: the statistic was stated erroneously by Sir Patrick Vallance, government chief scientific adviser in the U.K. Vallance later corrected himself via Twitter, saying that at the time, 60% of COVID-19 hospitalizations were unvaccinated individuals.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post (archived here) published on July 19, 2021. It featured a screenshot of a tweet that read:

JUST IN - 60% of people being admitted to hospital with #COVID19 in England have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the government's chief scientific advisor.

The caption of the post read:

This is playing out just as many predicted...

This is how the post looked on July 20, 2021:

(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Tue Jul 20 17:45:31 2021 UTC)

Vallance stated the figure during a 10 Downing Street coronavirus press conference on July 19, 2021. It was in response to a public question about what percentage of individuals who make up the country's COVID-19 hospitalizations have been vaccinated. The following video of the press conference starts at the 25:43-mark, which is when the question was asked:

Vallance provided the statistic and his response at the 26:26-mark, also explaining that as more people receive two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, there will inevitably be more hospitalizations of doubly vaccinated individuals:

However, Vallance corrected himself later that day on Twitter, stating that the 60% statistic was wrong:

Lead Stories reached out to the U.K.'s Government Office For Science for further clarification of Vallance's statement about more vaccinated people making up a larger percentage COVID-19 hospitalizations in the future. A representative pointed us to a Twitter thread from Public Health England:

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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