UK is going to rollout Covid-19 vaccine before Christmas.
According to King’s College London’s report this year, ‘Coronavirus uncertainties’, 22 percent young UK residents aged 16-24 are unwilling to get vaccination, ranked first among all age groups. In contrast, 89 percent of the elderly are willing to get a jab.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam who leads on health protection held a positive attitude towards the Covid-19 vaccine.
He said he has “absolute trust” in the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and he would be also at the front of the line to be the first to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
When it comes to whether we need to get vaccinated or not, young people usually have negative attitudes out of the concerns about the vaccine’s safety.
However, they have different views about the necessity of getting vaccinated.
“If I don’t have Covid-19, then I don’t see why I should get the vaccine.” Taja Small said, who is an 18 years old college student.
Taja thought that the Covid-19 vaccine was pushed out too quickly and she was worried about what the long term effects would be.
Isabel Ealand, another 18 years old undergraduate student, was also concerned about the safety of the vaccine, “I’d probably wait and see that the people who need it most and the effects on them.”
However, she believed that getting a vaccine is necessary and she could not find another way out of preventing Coronavirus from spreading.
The vaccination also stirred a debate on social media.
Olivia Le Poidevin, a journalist from BBC Minute opined in her report that some hashtags like #vaccinesaredangerous increase the volume of misinformation spiking people’s concern.
Recently, the Labour calls for emergency censorship laws for anti-vax content.
Labour calls for emergency censorship laws for anti-vax content https://t.co/A9qDITxW4X— The Independent (@Independent) November 14, 2020
However, Taja reasoned that these hashtags can spread awareness, “They let people comment and have a look of what the vaccine is, and what the pros and cons are.”
In a plea to ease the youth’s concerns on the vaccine, BBC Minute reported WHO’s infectious disease physician Kate O’Brien saying: “Young people are an incredibly important part of ending this pandemic. It will be really important for young people to be vaccinated because lots of transmission is going on among young people.”