I was surprised to read a letter in today’s Shropshire Star that claims that only 17,000 people have died from Covid-19. This is a complete misinterpretation of information provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). It is correct that only 17,371 people had Covid-19 registered as the only cause of death up to September 2021. But the reality is that disease has led to more than 140,000 deaths in the UK. The letter, which I hope will not be published on the Star website, seems to be from someone opposed to vaccination, including those in health and care settings. It is part of a meme of misinformation from those determined to oppose vaccination with disregard to public health. I have written a letter to the Star responding to the misinformation. I am really concerned that distortion of statistics in this way will increase vaccine hesitancy. This pandemic is not over yet and we need to ensure as many people are protected by vaccination as possible.