The following analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows the consequences of that decision, so far…

The ONS publishes weekly figures on deaths in 2021 which can be accessed here, and they have a previously published a ‘2015-2019, Five-Year Average’ dataset on deaths which can be accessed here.

We have used the figures from both datasets for our analysis, both can be downloaded so that you can confirm our figures are correct –

September 13th, the day Chris Whitty advised the UK Government to offer the Covid vaccine to children, fell in week 37 of 2021. Thanks to plans already put in place under the instruction of the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, the NHS were ready to start injecting children with immediate effect, so we have analysed all deaths occurring from week 38 onwards.

The following chart shows the number of deaths per week, between week 38 and week 45, among all children aged 10-14 in England and Wales, in 2021 and the 2015-2019 5-year-average dataset.