This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Deaths After Vaccine given'.


 
 
 
Public Accountability Unit 
   
Wellington House 
 
133-155 Waterloo Road 
 
London SE1 8UG 
www.gov.uk/phe  
 
By email 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
 
Our ref: 04/09/21/kl/1238 
 
6 September 2021 
Dear Matthew Ogden, 
 
Re: Freedom of Information request - Deaths After Vaccine given 
 
Thank you for your request received on6 September 2021 addressed to Public 
Health England (PHE). In accordance with Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of 
Information Act 2000 (the Act), I can confirm that PHE partially holds the information 
you have specified.  
 
Request 
 
I wish to know the number of people that have died within a twenty eight day 
period of receiving any of the covid vaccinations. Dating from the first 
vaccines for covid administered till the most recent time statistics can be 
gathered.   
 
Response
 
 
PHE can confirm that it partly holds the information you have specified. PHE holds 
data on deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test broken down by 
vaccination status (1 dose, 2 doses, unvaccinated or unknown). This information is 
exempt under Section 22(1)(a) of the Act as it is due to be published shortly.  
 
Under section 22(1)(a) of the Act, public authorities are not obliged to provide 
information that is intended for future publication. In line with the terms of this 
exemption in the Act, PHE has considered the following in favour of disclosure of the 
requested information: 
-  maintaining access to data in a co-ordinated manner to all people at the same 
time, as well as  
-  ensuring the quality and integrity of data. 
 
In this case, we have concluded that the public interest favours withholding the 
information. Our view that Section 22(1)(a) applies to your request is based on the 
judgement that the public interest will be better served by general publication, when 
complete. Disclosure now, to a single individual, of incomplete data and therefore 
potentially misleading information would not be in the public interest.  
 

 

The variants of concern technical briefing, published by PHE, provides the latest 
data regarding hospitalisations and deaths by variant, as well as data concerning 
those hospitalised with the Delta variant of COVID-19 who are vaccinated with one 
and both doses and those unvaccinated. Data is available from 1 February 2021 at 
the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investigation-of-novel-
sars-cov-2-variant-variant-of-concern-20201201 

PHE does not monitor non-COVID-19 deaths within 28 days of having a vaccine. 
You may wish to contact the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which is 
responsible for the registration of death certificates within England and Wales or the 
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is 
responsible for ensuring the safety, quality and effectiveness of medicines, medical 
devices and blood components for the transfusion in the United Kingdom. 
The ONS also publish mortality statistics, including those relating to the COVID-19 
pandemic. You may be interested in the ONS Monthly Mortality analysis, specifically 
'Table 12: Number of deaths with ICD-10 codes related to COVID-19 mentioned on 
the death certificate, by ICD-10 code, deaths registered in March 2020 to May 2021, 
England and Wales'. This table includes 'COVID-19 vaccines causing adverse 
effects in therapeutic use, unspecified'. You can access this data at: 
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/d
eaths/datasets/monthlymortalityanalysisenglandandwales 
 
The MHRA operate the Yellow Card scheme, which is the UK system for collecting 
and monitoring information on suspected safety concerns or incidents involving 
medicines and medical devices. The MHRA publish a weekly report on suspected 
adverse reactions to the approved COVID-19 vaccines. The report can be accessed 
here:  
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-adverse-
reactions 

You can contact the ONS FOI team at: xxx.xxxx@xxx.xxx.xx 
You can contact the MHRA team at: xxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx 
If you have any queries regarding the information that has been supplied to you, 
please refer your query to me in writing in the first instance. If you remain dissatisfied 
and would like to request an internal review, then please contact us at the address 
above or by emailing xxx@xxx.xxx.xx.  
 
Please note that you have the right to an independent review by the Information 
Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if a complaint cannot be resolved through the PHE 
complaints procedure. The ICO can be contacted by calling the ICO’s helpline on 
0303 123 1113, visiting the ICO’s website at www.ico.org.uk or writing to the ICO at 
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. 
 
Yours sincerely  
FOI Team