Jessica Waddington

Dear Public Health England,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request with utmost urgency the following information:
1. The number of people that have died in England after receiving a Covid-19 vaccination, from the first date vaccinations began on 9th December 2020 until the last date this data is available in 2021.

2. The number of people that have died in The United Kingdom after receiving a Covid-19 vaccination, from the first date vaccinations began on 9th December 2020 until the last date this data is available in 2021.

3. If the above data can be categorised into relevant ages groups, please include this information.

Matt Hancock stated in parliament this week that the above data is available and held by Public Health England and that it should be attainable and visible. This information is very important for the public to know.

Yours faithfully,

Jessica Waddington

FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL
Dear Jessica Waddington,

We acknowledge receipt of your email and request for information, which will be treated as a request for information under statutory access legislation.

Please note that requests under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) will receive a response within 20 working days from the day following the date of receipt of your request.

If the request is for your personal data, your request has been handled as a data subject access request (SAR) under Article 15 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), then we will respond within one month of the receipt of the request.

Public Health England (PHE) is responsible for providing guidance and advice to government and front-line services for all aspects of public health. It is a designated Category 1 responder organisation under the Civil Contingency Act and this specifically includes the COVID-19 response, providing clinical expertise and wider public health advice and guidance across national and local government, the NHS and third sector. As such, you may experience delays when making statutory information access requests during the pandemic.

We will aim to address all requests promptly and within the required response timeframes. However when we are unable to meet the response timeframe we will keep requesters updated on a revised expected timescale for a response to their request. The Information Commissioner recognises this position in its recent guidance, see link: https://ico.org.uk/global/data-protectio...

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE_uk

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FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL
Dear Jessica Waddington,

Thank you for your email of 27 March 2021 to Public Health England (PHE) requesting information about the number of deaths following COVID-19 vaccination.

PHE can confirm the subject matter in question does not fall within PHE's remit. We, therefore, confirm PHE does not hold the information you have requested. PHE is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. PHE provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support. Although PHE is supporting the Government in relation to COVID-19 vaccines, PHE is not the sole, nor leading agency on COVID-19 vaccines.

Section 16 of the FOI Act, public authorities have a duty to provide advice and assistance. Accordingly, you may wish to contact the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which is responsible for the registration of death certificates in England and Wales. Deaths that have been directly attributed to the vaccine due to an adverse reaction can be found within the ONS Monthly Mortality Analysis. You can access the Monthly Mortality Analysis and other ONS mortality datasets at:
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationa...

Additionally, you may wish to contact the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA regulate medicines and medical devices, and ensures that medicines and medical devices including vaccines, meet applicable standards of safety, quality and efficacy. 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 covering suspected adverse reactions to approved COVID-19 vaccines, this includes suspected deaths. In particular, you may be interested in the section 'Events with a fatal outcome' in the 'Coronavirus vaccine - weekly summary of Yellow Card Reporting' for further information. You can access these reports at:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/coron...

Yours sincerely

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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