Freedom of Information Act

Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)

“Vaccination status of laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19”

The last “Vaccination status of laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in those age ≥12 years, notified in Ireland… ” was published on 17th of December 2021.

Since this data did not get released in the regular timeframe, we sent Freedom of Information Act to HPSC on 8th of May 2022.

We asked: ” How many people died with COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland from 1st December 2021 to 1st March 2022 and what was their vaccination status?” The answer was refused under Section 15(1)(f) of the Act. Which means HPSC intended to publish statistics in less than six weeks.
Which has never happened.
We sent one more FOI request on 18th of October 2022 and received another refusal: “While HPSC does intend publishing further reports on Vaccination status of laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 unfortunately the data has not been entered onto the Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) and therefore the report cannot be extracted. An IT solution is currently in development and once tested and implemented will allow the transfer of data to CIDR…I am therefore refusing your request under Section 15(1)(a) which states that request may be refused if the information sought does not exist or cannot be found…”

Bear in mind no other COVID-19 statistics are affected. All are published on a regular basis.

We waited patiently then sent an email on 22nd of March 2023, and this is the answer we received: “Unfortunately, the vaccination status data reports continue to be unavailable. This matter has been referred to the Office of the Information Commissioner and you can read their decision in full here
HPSC is in the process of developing an ICT solution which will allow for the production and publication of vaccination status reports on the HPSC website.

After that we sent multiple emails to the HPSC employees asking them to bring back the statistics in the old format, since other statistics are published on daily bases. None of the civil servants working in HPSC answered our request.

As for today (28th of May 23) it has been 17 months since removal of reports on Vaccination status of laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. National Immunisation Advisory Committee is obligated to review local data such as above statistics before approval of the further vaccines and boosters. We are suspecting, since data does not exist for 17 months, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee fails to fulfil its obligations.

Number of people who did not receive second dose of two dosed COVID-19 vaccine

43.3 thousand up to 31st March 2023

We requested an information: What is the number of people who did not receive a second dose of two dosed Covid-19 vaccines? Starting from the start of vaccination: December 2020 up to March 2023.

“It has been confirmed that 43.3k people did not receive a second COVID-19 primary vaccination dose in the period between 30th December 2020 and 31st March 2023. In total 3,864,145 received first dose and 3,820,825 received second dose. All figures quoted are representative of all administration including deceased people.”