FOI Ref: ​FOI/2021/2954

You asked

Please supply a report of all deaths in the UK (or in any of England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) within a set period of time of receiving a first or a second dose of any COVID-19 vaccines, attributed or not to any of these vaccines (deaths of all causes), between 8 December 2020 until the most recent possible date.

If possible, please supply the following breakdowns of the information:

  • By age

  • By sex

  • By first or second dose status

  • By exact number of days to death (or normalised, i.e. could be within 3 weeks/21 days, 4 weeks/28 days, 3 months/9 weeks/63 days)

We said

Thank you for your enquiry requesting deaths involving the COVID-19 vaccination.

We are responsible for the provision of mortality statistics for England and Wales. National Records Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are responsible for statistics pertaining to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Therefore, we do not hold the requested data for the whole of the UK. Should you wish to obtain this data from NRS and NISRA, they can be contacted at and respectively.

Deaths due to the COVID-19 vaccination in England and Wales:

The number of deaths in England and Wales where adverse reaction to the vaccine was mentioned on the death certificate can be found in Table 12 of our Monthly Mortality Analysis dataset. There are currently 4 deaths registered with the aligning ICD-10 codes for this (U12.9). We do not hold this data disaggregated by brand of vaccination. The latest data available is August 2021.

Further breakdowns of this data would produce very low numbers, which would constitute personally identifiable information. Therefore, we would be unable to disclose this information in response to your request. Section 39 of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (SRSA) renders it a criminal offence to disclose information held by the Statistics Board for statistical purposes that would identify individuals. As we are prohibited by law from publishing statistics in which individual businesses or persons can be identified, we find that Section 44 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) applies.

Deaths involving COVID-19 and deaths from all cause by vaccination status:

We hold analysis showing deaths involving COVID-19 by vaccination status that occurred between 1 January and 2 July 2021 in England in the following publication: Deaths involving COVID-19 by vaccination status, England: deaths occurring between 2 January and 2 July 2021.

The data are for England only, as vaccinations data for Wales is not yet available to be linked to the mortality dataset and the Public Health Data Asset covers England only. Therefore, we consider data for Wales as information not held.

This publication includes weekly age standardised mortality rates for deaths involving COVID-19 by vaccination status and a detailed analysis of deaths involving COVID-19 which occurred in fully vaccinated individuals.

We also hold analysis of the ages of the 256 Breakthrough deaths, in tables 1 and 2 of the publication. "Breakthrough cases" are where infection has occurred in someone who is fully vaccinated.

We define a "breakthrough death" as a death involving coronavirus (COVID-19) that occurred in someone who had received both vaccine doses and had a first positive PCR test at least 14 days after the second vaccination dose.

We do not hold this analysis broken down any further by by vaccination status, age and sex. This would need to be created and public authorities are not obligated to create information in order to respond to requests. We therefore consider this to be information not held.

However, please note we are planning a future publication as we obtain more data. The publication date will be announced on our Release Calendar.

You may also be interested in Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, which looks at the impact on hospitalisations, infection, vaccine effectiveness and mortality.

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