Sumary of Covid vaccine uptake slows among younger cohort in England:
- Clearer information and messages from role models are needed to boost Covid vaccination uptake among young people, experts have said, as figures showed that fewer than 60% of 18- to 25-year-olds had received their first jab in England.
- Adults over the age of 18 have been eligible for vaccination against Covid-19 in England since 18 June.
- But according to the latest data from Public Health England, uptake of the vaccine in younger groups already appears to be levelling off.
- Data from PHE on Thursday showed the age group had a seven-day infection rate of 1,154.7 per 100,000 people – or 1 in 100. Vaccination rates are now rising only very slowly in each age group.
- Concern over the slowing of vaccine uptake among younger people prompted the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to announce on Monday that from September only those who had had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine would be allowed entry to crowded venues such as nightclubs – although some have suggested this could be simply sabre-rattling.
- Experts say that such a tactic could hinder rather than help with vaccine uptake.
- Prof John Drury, of the University of Sussex, a participant in Spi-B, the Sage subcommittee advising on behavioural science, said: “Incentivisation will work for some but will backfire with those who are most hesitant and suspicious, who will perceive it as coercion.
- there needed to be a broad package of measures to boost uptake, she said.