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Lorraine causes more than 1,300 complaints to Ofcom about vaccine statistics requirements

NS ITV talkshow Lorraine caused more than 1,300 complaints Ofcom with a recent segment in discussion Covid vaccination.

The second part (December 6) of the show, hosted by Lorraine Kelly, the outstanding Ballet Spandau star Martin Kemp, who was interviewed on the show after leading a campaign to promote the use of vaccines among UK citizens.

During the segment, the program’s medical expert Dr. Hilary Jones states that “90% of people in hospital are unvaccinated”.

“It’s a number that we have to really focus on,” Kelly said.

However, viewers complained that these numbers were wrong, forcing Kelly to clarify on today’s show (December 8).

Ofcom, the UK’s broadcast standards regulator, confirmed it had received 1,312 complaints about the incident.

Although vaccines have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of hospitalization in people affected by Covid, it is not true that 90% of Covid patients are not vaccinated.

Jamie Jenkins, a former analyst at the Office for National Statistics, was among those to point out the mistake, writing on Twitter that the real figure in the UK was closer to 36%, not 90%.

Speaking on her series, Kelly offered a clear explanation of the numbers, stating: “This is 90% of the patients in the hospital who are very sick and receive the most specialist care.”

This number is attributed to a report in Sunday Times, citing NHS England, but the data itself has not yet been made publicly available.

The Independent has contacted ITV for comment.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/lorraine-kelly-vaccine-dr-hilary-b1972287.html Lorraine causes more than 1,300 complaints to Ofcom about vaccine statistics requirements

Emma Bowman

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