Covid vaccine hesitancy among younger age groups decreases

Covid vaccine hesitancy among younger age groups decreases

That’s according to new data from the ONS

new figures have suggest that vaccine hesitancy among young people has fallen.

For 16 and 17-year-olds, who are now able to get a Covid-19 jab after the decision was announced last week to extend the rollout to that age group, hesitancy has decreased from 14% to 11%.

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

Among those aged 18 to 21, hesitancy around jabs went down to 5% from 9%, and dropped slightly for 22 to 25-year-olds from 10% to 9%.

The first otherwise healthy 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK received their Covid-19 jabs on Friday, two days after a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to extend the programme.

Until that point, some under-18s had been eligible for a jab if they had certain health conditions, lived with someone who is immunocompromised or were approaching their 18th birthday.

The extension of the rollout means all of the UK’s 1.4 million 16 and 17-year-olds are now eligible to get a first dose.

Published: by Radio NewsHub

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