As photos of sunsets and tan lines brighten up Instagram feeds once again, it’s no surprise that more young people are keen to get vaccinated. In an interview with BBC’s Today programme, Professor Sam Everington confirmed that there were ‘lots of people who want to get their second vaccination early so they can go abroad’. Two thirds of young adults in the UK have now received their first jab – meaning they are the most vaccinated of their age group, globally.
The return of shows such as Love Island may have also contributed to this summer vaccine demand, with young people keen to get abroad themselves, rather than watching others enjoy the sun from their couch. 2021 contestant Brad McClelland was recently praised for setting a ‘vaccine example in getting second jab’ following his time on the show.
Young people are making up for lost time
The poll from myGP identified making up for lost time as a priority amongst under-25s, with 36.8 per cent of those with appointments currently booked planning to be fully vaccinated ahead of the potential introduction of vaccine passports in nightclubs, stadiums and other indoor venues later this autumn. Even amongst the 17.7 per cent who did not currently intend to get the vaccine, one in six would be swayed should vaccine passports to their favourite venues become mandatory.
This finding is in line with other recent research into public perception of vaccine passports, which saw 72.5 per cent in support of the decision to introduce vaccine passports in September. In fact, 72 per cent of the 1,000 people polled also expected vaccine passports to become the new norm beyond large capacity venues.