Patrick Vallance sparks fury over ‘dangerous’ Covid hospitalisations error

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The Government’s chief scientific adviser said on Monday that sixty percent of hospitalisations from coronavirus were fully vaccinated patients. However, he later took to Twitter to correct his statement, pointing out that 60 percent of Covid hospitalisations were unvaccinated people.

He wrote: “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 Sir Patrick was met with criticism from Twitter users, with some calling on him to correct the error in a press conference.

One Twitter user said: “I have a friend double vaxxed who is 40 and healthy terrified to leave the house and quoting what you said as a reason!

“At some point we need to dial down the fear so people can live again.”

Another person added: “Jesus that’s quite a big error – that needs to be clarified in a press conference not just here.”

A third person wrote: “Sir, with all due respect, I do not think a government chief scientific adviser should be making that kind of a mistake.

“I don’t see how the public will be able to trust anything you say without waiting for corrections in future.”

The Prime Minister also addressed the nation on Monday to provide the latest coronavirus updates while in isolation after being contacted by the NHS test and trace app.

Boris Johnson welcomed the current jab uptake and confirmed that every adult in the country had been offered their first dose.

He warned that entry to some venues could soon be restricted to those who had been vaccinated.

Mr Johnson said: “I would like to remind everybody that some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependant on vaccinations.

“There are already countries that require you to be double jabbed as a condition of quarantine-free travel. I am afraid that list seems likely to grow.”

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