From BBC Scotland this morning:
Vaccine drop-in clinics for 12-15 year olds opened a little over three weeks ago, but more than 40% of the age group have now received at least their first dose. With the vaccination of 16 and 17-year-olds also continuing at a reasonable rate, will Scotland’s youngest teenagers end up better protected from Covid than older age groups?https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58898065
Of course, they first identify the trend within Scotland where the 12-15 year-olds are turning up in greater numbers than and catching up on, the other groups under 50. All very interesting but confusing crude with percentage data to try to make arguments of different kinds. Only percentages tell us anything here. Keep it simple unless you have an agenda not to.
They do go on to compare Scotland’s 12-15 year olds with those in England and even let us see the graph, with our teens soaring ahead but strangely, precede it with this:
Again, it’s worth bearing in mind the vast differences in population size between England and Scotland. England has vaccinated more than 354,000 12-15 year olds with a first dose, compared with about 95,000 in Scotland, according to the UK government Covid dashboard.
What are they trying to do here? Suggest that England has a bigger task overall, so we cannot be pleased with the achievement in Scotland because, crudely, they’ve done more? Do they think their audience is sufficiently dim to not realise that England has ten times the doses available and ten times the jabbers on hand so that 354 000 should, all things being equal, be 950 000!
The Conservative Government has failed dramatically here, lagging behind Scotland by miles. Were it the other way round, would we get this confused smokescreen of raw data used instead of meaningful percentages, used?
In February 2021 as Scotland raced to a 100% coverage, England has yet to even approach.