Friday, October 15, 2021

Approximating the undercounting of coronavirus vaccination rates in Germany

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recently announced that official statistics on coronavirus vaccination rates in Germany have been approximately five percent lower than the actual vaccination rate. Accurate statistics are essential for the making of political decisions, especially during the pandemic; after all, the implementation of vaccination mandates or covid certificates is only necessary if vaccination rates remain low or infection rates remain high. But that's not a reason to despair about "lies, damn lies, and statistics": a few months ago, the RKI had already speculated that the rates might be higher than the official counts; now, they have been able to approximate the discrepancy by comparing two different data-collection methods. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 15 October 2021)


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