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Changes to the COVID-19 dashboard and COVID-19 vaccination surveillance report

Changes to the COVID-19 dashboard and COVID-19 vaccination surveillance report

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The COVID-19 pandemic led to huge public interest in studies, with unexpected and urgent need to monitor the virus practically in authentic time. Although this was a massive challenge for our statisticians, it led to actual innovation in the way we handle and current data and figures.  

UKHSA’s COVID-19 dashboard has been a huge results in presenting everyday updates on the most recent scenario in relation to infections and vaccinations, and it proceeds to be a very important resource. 

Why do we have to have to make variations?

Our position as statisticians is to offer the most useful and applicable details for the current scenario. Now that we’ve moved to residing with COVID, we require to review our reporting of COVID-19 data to assure that we’re seeking at the ideal metrics for our life now. This has meant generating modifications to how we present knowledge in the COVID-19 dashboard and COVID-19 surveillance stats, and these adjustments are summarised below.  

Unique steps of vaccine uptake 

UKHSA is now reporting two unique steps of vaccine uptake. They evaluate distinctive issues and should not be applied interchangeably:

Administrative uptake is an operational measure that reports the full variety of 1st, 2nd and 3rd doses sent all through the overall COVID-19 vaccination programme, as a proportion of the suitable inhabitants. The ONS mid-2020 population estimate is utilised as a evaluate of the qualified populace.  

This metric was useful at the start off of the mass vaccine roll-out as a way of measuring achievements in offering vaccines. It can also be calculated for all four nations of the United Kingdom and so allows some comparisons. However, it has turn out to be much less helpful more than time: it doesn’t change much 7 days-to-7 days and it focuses on the original vaccine programme which is now mostly in the earlier. 

Protection is a significantly a lot more handy way of on the lookout at vaccine uptake now that COVID-19 and the affiliated vaccine programme have develop into embedded in our way of life. This metric reviews the variety of individuals who have been vaccinated as a proportion of the complete present-day registered populace. Crucially, for protection, both the variety vaccinated and the sizing of the inhabitants qualified for vaccination arrive from NIMS (Nationwide Immunisation Administration System), a live procedure that incorporates every person registered with the NHS.

Coverage is the statistic we use in England for reporting on vaccine uptake throughout all vaccine programmes. It isn’t feasible to determine this evaluate across all 4 nations that make up the United Kingdom because not all nations have a dwell sign-up these types of as NIMS. 

The WHO direction on COVID-19 vaccination checking advocates making use of both of those uptake and protection measures but acknowledges that administrative uptake gets to be considerably less useful about time. Switching our emphasis to protection permits accurate checking in line with the WHO steerage. 

You can browse more about the diverse steps listed here or in the metrics part of the COVID-19 dashboard. 

What changes have we built?

We are creating some alterations to the glance of the COVID-19 dashboard and the nationwide flu and COVID-19 surveillance figures to aim on the vaccine coverage actions. Presented that immunity wanes more than time, we have also taken this prospect to target on the autumn booster campaign, as these are most appropriate to knowledge the present scenario close to COVID-19 vaccination. 

When you open the COVID-19 dashboard from currently, the 1st detail you will see is coverage statistics for the autumn booster marketing campaign. Likewise, from Thursday 1 December the pertinent section of the weekly COVID-19 surveillance report will be concentrated on the autumn booster.  

These are the most appropriate and beneficial figures as we go from pandemic to living with COVID. As upcoming campaigns just take spot we foresee making related modifications so that we are constantly reporting the most practical and applicable stats. 

The administrative uptake stats are even now obtainable by using the dashboard API and in the tables that supplement the COVID-19 surveillance data.  

What subsequent? 

We are working on even more developments to the COVID-19 dashboard and the COVID-19 surveillance data to assure they stay suitable, helpful and steady with finest follow. We will retain you posted as we development. 

We welcome your suggestions on these variations, our COVID-19 stats or our statistical items a lot more commonly. Please get in contact at [email protected] kingdom or [email protected]