ITV’s Lorraine has been hit with 2,400 Ofcom complaints after host Lorraine Kelly made a controversial remark about Covid vaccine
ITV daytime show Lorraine has been hit with a flood of Ofcom complaints after host Lorraine Kelly made a controversial remark during a segment about Covid vaccines.
The show received a further 254 complaints to the broadcasting watchdog for the segment which aired on December 7.
More than 1,300 complaints were filed when the segment first aired.
Ofcom initially reported that 1,312 people complained about the episode, which stated the complaints “related to a discussion about the number of unvaccinated people in hospital”.
Appearing on the daytime show, GP Dr Hilary said: “Those people who haven’t been vaccinated, we’d really love you to think again and be vaccinated.”
Lorraine replied: “That’s a figure that we have to really concentrate on, 90% of people in hospital have not been vaccinated.”
Viewers of the show were left outraged as they revealed the figures were incorrect.
According to Full Fact, The Economist claimed in October that 80-90% of hospitalised patients were unvaccinated.
The organisation concluded that the figure is now closer to 35 per cent.
They shared: “We’ve not checked the European data, but this is no longer true in Britain, where the proportion of unvaccinated Covid patients admitted to hospital has been falling over time.
“The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) suggests that the proportion of unvaccinated Covid-19 cases being admitted after presenting to emergency care within 28 days of a positive test in England is now about 35%. When the Economist article was published, this figure was similar at about 36%.
“The Economist has confirmed to Full Fact that the number it used was out of date.”
Viewers of Lorraine were furious and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
One person ranted: “Assume @DrHilaryJones will be retracting that statement on tomorrow’s TV? Or do we need to put in an Ofcom complaint about it being misleading?”
A second penned: “A figure to focus on because its factually incorrect from @DrHilaryJones. 36% of Covid patients in hospital unvaccinated not 90%.”
After the complaints, Lorraine issued an update on the figures.
She said: “Dr Hilary said that 90% of patients with Covid in hospital were unvaccinated.
“We should say that this is 90% of people who are very seriously ill and are receiving the most specialist care.”
*Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.