The data also shows the difference between the jabbed and unjabbed needing intensive care is starkest among older people – who are more likely to suffer more seriously from Covid
Unjabbed people who catch Covid are up to 60 times more likely to end up in an intensive care ward than those who have been vaccinated, figures reveal.
The startling data also shows the difference between the jabbed and unjabbed needing intensive care is starkest among older people – who are more likely to suffer more seriously from Covid.
Figures from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC), which covers hospital units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, show that between May and November the rate of admission for double-jabbed Covid sufferers in their 60s was just 0.6 cases per 100,000 people per week.
But among unjabbed people of the same age the rate was 37.3 per 100,000 per week – equating to a relative risk about 60 times higher.
Among those in their 50s and 70s there was almost a 30-fold difference in average weekly admission rates between the vaccinated and the unjabbed.
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In younger age groups the difference was lower but unvaccinated people in their 30s and 40s were between 10 and 15 times more likely to end up in intensive care with Covid than those who had been jabbed.
The news comes as Covid hospital admissions in London — the UK’s Omicron ground zero — are within touching distance of the Government’s threshold of 400 to plunge the country back into some form of lockdown.
Unvaccinated people could be paid a visit by Covid jab teams hoping to get more people protected from the virus and tackle soaring infection rates.
Government Ministers are said to be considering a plan where door-to-door visits would be made in areas with low uptake of the vaccine.
The tactic would also help encourage people who may want to get jabbed but who don’t have easy access to vaccine centres.
The latest NHS data shows there were 386 new admissions for the virus in the capital on December 22, marking a 92 per cent rise on the figure last week.
Covid hospitalisations are now doubling roughly every 10 days but they have yet to reach the 850 number at the peak last January.
Ministers are said to be watching admission rates in the capital before introducing national curbs because London is a few weeks ahead in its Omicron outbreak.
Last night an intensive care consultant in London told Mail Online the unvaccinated were putting ‘extra pressure’ on intensive care units (ICUs).
ICUs care for people with a wide range of problems from accidents to medical emergencies.
The doctor, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Their presence puts extra pressure on our service. If these people had been jabbed they would be enjoying their Christmas and not filling our wards.
“The worry is more unvaccinated with Omicron coming through our doors.
“So my message to anyone who thinks it’s not worth getting vaccinated or is not fully protected, is to get jabbed because you could be one of those who ends up spending weeks in hospital.”
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A separate survey by the Intensive Care Society found that at least two-thirds of Covid patients were unvaccinated in 12 of 16 ICUs they asked.
Currently 25 and 30 per cent of some 800 intensive care beds in London’s hospitals are filled by Covid patients.
This is thought to be slightly higher than the national average.
Last week Health Secretary Sajid Javid urged unvaccinated people to ‘think about the damage that they are doing to society’.
He told Sky News: “They take up hospital beds that could have been used for someone with maybe a heart problem, or maybe someone who’s waiting for surgery. But instead of protecting themselves and protecting the community, they choose not to get vaccinated.”
Covid hospital admissions in London are close to the Government’s threshold of 400 for introducing lockdown restrictions across the country.
The latest NHS data shows there was a 92 per cent rise in admissions on last week with 386 new admissions for the virus in the capital on December 22.
Covid hospitalisations are now doubling roughly every 10 days – though they are still a far cry from the 850 at the peak last January.
Ministers are said to be watching admission rates in the capital before introducing any new restrictions because London is a few weeks ahead in its Omicron outbreak.
A national two-week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown could come into play after Christmas if London’s daily admissions breach 400 this week.
But NHS data recording lags mean it won’t be known whether admissions surpassed 400 in the last two days until after Christmas.