Public Accountability Unit
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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.
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
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
- 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-
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
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
You can contact the ONS FOI team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact the MHRA team at: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.