Wednesday, 27 October 2021

When being wrong has never made you look so stupid.

From The Evening Standard:

Half of over-50s have had Covid booster jab... At least 6.1 million booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered across the UK.

Half? Really? Clearly, there are about 30 million over-50s in the UK, so that's nowhere near half.

Some outlets read and understood the NHS press release, for example the North West Mail:

NHS delivers Covid booster to half of eligible people aged 50 and over

The key word here is "eligible" i.e. over-50s with underlying health issues, who care for elderly parents, NHS workers and so on.


ontheotherhand said...

It is also wrong to call it a booster jab, when it is a different jab for the majority who had AZ.

Mark Wadsworth said...

OTOH, maybe, but it has the same effect. If you get a tetanus booster, they wouldn't check if it was the same as the one you had decades ago which you've probably forgotten about anyway.