Vaccinating Teenagers

Deaths Among Teenagers Up 56% Since Vaccine Roll-Out Began

A post on the Daily Exposé on Thursday showed concerning statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicating that deaths among teenagers over the summer have increased significantly on the previous year, coinciding with the vaccine roll-out.

I dug into the data a bit and I have to say I agree that it looks worrying. I’ve plotted above the deaths among 15-19 year-olds by week for 2020 and 2021. (Unfortunately the equivalent data isn’t available for previous years as prior to 2020 the breakdown was into 1-14 and 15-44 year-olds.)

The marked divergence around week 23 broadly corresponds to when the vaccination programme among the age group was being ramped up, as indicated below.

All 16 and 17 Year-Olds to be Offered Jab Next Week

All 16 and 17 year-olds will be offered a Covid vaccine in the next week in a bid to boost immunity before the return of schools in September. The Telegraph has more.

The new drive to offer all 16 and 17-year-olds a jab by Monday August 23rd is intended to allow antibodies to build before the start of the autumn term on September 1st.

It comes after experts said the U.K. was “running hot” in terms of living with Covid. The Government said a further 93 people had died within 28 days of testing positive as of Saturday, bringing the U.K. total to 130,894.

NHS bosses said on Saturday night that further walk-in vaccination centres would come on line in the coming days.

“I have asked the NHS in England to ensure they offer a first dose of the vaccine to everyone aged 16 and 17 by next Monday, August 23rd. This will make sure everybody has the opportunity to get vital protection before returning to college or sixth form,” Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said.

“Please don’t delay – get your jabs as soon as you can so we can continue to safely live with this virus and enjoy our freedoms by giving yourself, your family and your community the protection they need.”

Worth reading in full.

Hard to see the logic behind this, given that 16 and 17 year-olds aren’t vulnerable to the disease and getting vaccinated will have a negligible effect on how likely they are to catch COVID-19 and pass it on to others. Being vaccinated won’t make them “safe” – they’re already safe – and it won’t make people who are genuinely at risk from COVID-19 any “safer” either.