Broadcaster Issued Warning After Falsely Claiming 90 Per Cent of COVID Patients Were Unvaccinated
British broadcaster ITV was issued a warning by regulator Ofcom after a guest and a presenter on a TV show falsely claimed that 90 per cent of COVID hospital patients were unvaccinated.
The spurious remarks were made by Dr. Hilary Jones and Lorraine Kelly during a segment on the Lorraine show last month.
“Those people who haven’t been vaccinated, we’d really love you to think again and be vaccinated because 90 per cent of people in hospital are unvaccinated right now with Covid,” said Dr. Jones.
“That’s a figure that we have to really concentrate on, 90 per cent of people in hospital have not been vaccinated,” Kelly repeated.
However, both the doctor and the host of the show were sharing medical misinformation. The actual figure at the time was around 36 per cent.
After Ofcom received nearly 4,000 complaints from viewers about the broadcast, the TV regulator issued a statement.
“This programme incorrectly referenced the proportion of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients in hospital,” it said.
“We have told ITV that greater care should be taken by trusted medical experts when presenting facts and figures on public health issues.