EXPERTS URGE GOVERNMENT TO PUBLISH VACCINE DATA
The Government has not published detailed data on the coronavirus vaccine rollout, despite being asked for information a month ago, an expert has said.
Statistical regulators asked for more detail about the programme, such as what proportion of certain groups have received the Covid-19 jab.
But this data is yet to materialise, which is “upsetting” and a “shame”, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said.
The statistician from the University of Cambridge, who is also a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “As a statistician, the lack of detailed data by the vaccine rollout, I find very upsetting.
“The office for stats regulation wrote to the Government … more than a month ago, saying there should be be much better publicly available data.”
He added: “We don’t know about the numbers or the proportions by the priority groups – groups one to nine; we don’t know the proportions by ethnicity; we don’t know this broken down by region.
“I mean they do, somebody does, but we’re not getting it.”