ITV's Lorraine has been hit with a warning from Ofcom after Dr Hilary's controversial covid comments led to 4,000 viewer complaints.
Dr Hilary incorrectly claimed in December 2021 that “90 percent of hospitalised Covid patients were unvaccinated ” as he discussed the Covid-19 vaccination with Lorraine Kelly.
Lorraine has been slapped with a warning from the broadcasting watchdog after the incorrect comments aired.
He said: "Those people who haven't been vaccinated, we'd really love you to think again and be vaccinated."
“That's a figure that we have to really concentrate on, 90% of people in hospital have not been vaccinated,” Lorraine added.
The ITV host later clarified that 90 percent of patients receiving the most specialised care were unvaccinated.
Despite the correction, the remark sparked thousands of complaints.
A spokesperson said: “This programme incorrectly referenced the proportion of unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in hospital.
“We have told ITV that greater care should be taken by trusted medical experts when presenting facts and figures on public health issues.
"However, given official statistics and research have consistently shown that vaccination against Covid-19 offers greater protection against serious health consequences, we do not consider that the error was sufficient to materially mislead viewers on this main point of discussion."
The ITV show received more complaints the following day when Martin Kemp appeared to promote the booster campaign.
“We all know the run-up to Christmas can be one of the busiest times of the year – buying presents, decorating the tree, eating mince pies with family and friends,” he said in a statement at the time.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is to tick your Covid-19
“Just wanted you to hear it from me. I tested positive for covid. “Mild symptoms and as soon as I’m cleared … “Looking forward to getting back to The Winter Garden!” He also reassured fans in the video that he “had a runny nose” but is otherwise okay. He then urged fans to “be healthy” and “be kind.”Followers were quick to jump into the comments to chime in on Hugh’s health update. @TEA31165076 said: “Sorry to hear that .
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