By COUNTER SIGNAL February 18, 2022
On Wednesday, Public Health Scotland (PHS) announced they were changing their policy for publishing COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, saying they’re concerned the new figures may embolden ‘anti-vaxxers.’
"Due to the increasing risk of misinterpretation from growing complexities as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year (as described below), PHS has taken the decision to no longer report COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths by vaccination status on a weekly basis," explains PHS in their weekly report.
In an interview with The Scotsman, a PHS official elaborates, saying "What is happening is people are looking at those simple data and trying to make inferences about the vaccination, whether the vaccines work, inappropriately and sometimes wilfully."
"There are so many caveats, and they just pull certain figures out that should not be used," PHS continues. "What we are going to do is do a lot more on the vaccine effectiveness side and try and make people understand how effective the vaccine is."
In other words, the public can't be trusted to see the public health data, as it may make people question the efficacy of the vaccines.
In the report, PHS explains that differing times regarding vaccination administration, that asymptomatic people (people who aren't sick), who may or may not have COVID, are no longer being compelled to get tested constantly, and a myriad of other reasons justify this change.
In all, the PHS writes five pages of disclaimers, explaining why they won't be sharing data in the future and why the data they still have to report this week shouldn't be believed right away before finally getting to the data.
On page 37, the PHS's data reveals that of those who have received no dose, one dose, two doses, and three doses, the unvaccinated are, per capita, the least likely to test positive (340.79 cases per capita as of February 11). Conversely, those who are double jabbed and triple jabbed are the most likely to test positive for COVID-19 (549.69 and 527.98 cases per capita, respectively).
Moreover, it appears that, over time, there is a downward trend in cases per capita for the unvaccinated population as well as those who have received only one dose, while the proportion of weekly cases amongst the boosted is rising.
Of course, the PHS feels the need to put a disclaimer on this page, too.
Regarding hospitalizations, those who are double jabbed are the most likely to be hospitalized with/for COVID (27.30 per capita).
And, similar to the number of cases, the number of unvaccinated hospitalizations per capita is dropping steadily, down to 15.10 per capita, while those with one dose have a hospitalization rate of 10.90 per capita and those with three doses have a rate of 7.22 per capita — the PHS has, of course, made sure to highlight the latter figure in green.
Similarly, those who have received two doses also outpace the unvaccinated in terms of COVID-19 related deaths.
The data shows that the unvaccinated currently have a rate of 10.95 COVID-19 related deaths per capita, those with one dose have a rate of 8.57 COVID-19 related deaths per capita, those with two doses have a rate of 11.68 COVID-19 related deaths per capita, and those with three doses have a rate of 1.50 COVID-19 related deaths per capita.
Again, PHS decided to highlight the boosted population's figure. They did not highlight the boosted population's figure on the table showing that the unvaccinated are the least likely to test positive for COVID, nor did they highlight the unvaccinated figure. The table is noticeably bland.