Questions of life, death and vaccination- Tuesday 10.30 Pension PlayPen

You might think that a life as an expert in mortality was deathly dull. If you think that, don’t turn up to the Pension PlayPen coffee morning on Tuesday.

Since the pandemic, Stuart Macdonald has busied himself working out just how our nation’s health has withstood the impact of Covid, long Covid and the increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories that suggest that vaccination has done more harm than good.

Thankfully, we have a professional body in this country that ensures standards in public disclosure and from it sprang the Covid Actuaries Response Group , co-founded by Stuart , set-up to provide reliable data an confound the conspiracists.


Covid-19 ARG has never been  shy of saying it as it sees it. It called the  disastrous early policies where geriatrics were reintroduced into residential care homes from hospital causing an early spike in avoidable deaths. Stuart held the line insisting that these deaths would not have happened anyway and confronting Government policy with stark data.

When the vaccines arrived, Covid-ARG reported on their impact and promoted their use. Their data and the confidence it gave, made UK one of the first and best vaccinated countries in the world saving thousands of avoidable deaths.

The Covid Actuaries report on a monthly basis on a wide variety of topics. It has 74 “Friday reports” , over 100 bulletins and its work has been discussed at SAGE and cited by the highest levels of government. Numerous articles have appeared in the press and members of the group regularly appear on broadcast media. No one has done more to promote the proper use of data and scientific information than Stuart Macdonald.

Which is why we are so very pleased that Stuart will be addressing us at the Pension PlayPen coffee morning on Tuesday 14th at 10.30 am.

Stuart has made the subject of death and excess deaths something we can understand. He has combatted conspiracy theories grounded in prejudice and has done it with a good humour and modesty that has endeared him to all who have come within his orbit.

I strongly recommend the Pension Playpen coffee morning with Stuart to you. It is free to attend and can be accessed via

About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman
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