Covid vaccine hesitancy halves among young people in Great Britain


Covid vaccine hesitancy has almost halved among 18- to 21-year-olds in Great Britain, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

The figures also suggest increasing numbers of 16- and 17-year-olds are willing to have the jab, as hesitancy has decreased from 14% to 11%. Older teenagers are now able to get one after the decision was announced last week to extend the rollout to that age group.

The ONS survey looked at attitudes during the period from 23 June to 18 July – a day before most coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England.

At the time of the data collection, otherwise healthy 16- and 17-year-olds were not eligible and the vaccine rollout was aimed at those aged 18 and over.

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