In October 2023, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced the publication of official statistics from fresh research – the Winter Coronavirus Infection Study (WCIS). Results from the WCIS published by ONS can be found in this link: WCIS dataset. Building on this data, modelled estimates of epidemiological characteristics are published by the UKHSA in this link: WCIS estimates.
We are currently reviewing whether and to what extent the statistics from the WCIS meet the standards of the Code of Practice for Statistics.
The Code of Practice is a regulatory framework based on the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics. It places a strong emphasis on meeting the needs of users. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgment about the statistics.
If you are a user, have been a user or are a potential user of these statistics, we would very much welcome your feedback on these statistics.
We will use the information to inform our analysis of how the WCIS meets users’ requirements. Please note that we will share these insights with the UKHSA and ONS statistics teams so they can use the information for further improvements.
If you would like to be contacted by us directly to share your views please email the statistics team.
We look forward to your input by the 9th February 2024.