COVID-19: Young people’s reluctance to vaccinate against coronavirus decreases, according to ONS figures

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COVID-19: Young people’s reluctance to vaccinate against coronavirus decreases, according to ONS figures


The reluctance of younger age groups to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has declined, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey looked at attitudes during the period June 23 to July 18 – a day before most coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England.

For 16-17 year olds – who can now benefit from a coup following last week’s announcement at extend deployment in this age group – reluctance increased from 14% to 11%.

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Among 18 to 21 year olds, reluctance around jabs fell from 9% to 5%, and dropped slightly for 22 to 25 year olds from 10 to 9%.

Coronavirus injections for healthy 16 and 17-year-olds began on Friday, two days after a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) to expand the program.

Until then, some under 18 were eligible for a vaccine if they had certain health problems, lived with an immunocompromised person, or were nearing their 18th birthday.

The expansion of the deployment means that all 1.4 million 16 and 17 year olds in the UK are now eligible to receive a first dose.

For the ONS survey, reluctance to vaccinate refers to adults who have chosen not to be vaccinated, report being very or somewhat unlikely to have a vaccine if offered, responded “Neither likely nor unlikely”, “don’t know” or “prefer not to say” when asked how likely they would be to get a jab if offered.

ONS data covered 15,433 people aged 16 and over in England, Scotland and Wales.

Overall, more than nine in 10 adults (96%) reported positive feelings about coronavirus vaccines, while 4% expressed reluctance – numbers unchanged from previous results which covered May 26 to June 20.

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People line up outside a youth vaccination center in London

The rate of vaccine hesitation has declined in most parts of the UK, the ONS said.

Areas that previously had the greatest hesitation at the start of the year saw declines, with interior London dropping from 13% to 7%, outside west London and north west from 12% to 7 %, and West Wales and the Valleys. from 11% to 5% for the period from April to July.

The results suggest that the most hesitant groups are found in London and the Midlands.

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