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New studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that this population is less likely to be vaccinated compared to older adults.
Two new studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that younger Americans are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to their seniors.
The CDC conducted a survey on the number of people vaccinated on May 22 this year. Of those who responded, 58% of American adults had received at least one shot. Those aged 65 or over accounted for 80% of these statistics, while those aged 18 to 29 only entered with 38%.
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While it can be argued that younger Americans had access to vaccines later and could explain these figures, as the pandemic has progressed and vaccination restrictions have been reduced, younger people will they have kept slow and hesitant to receive their vaccines.
Young men living in rural areas and people living in rural counties and low-income places were more likely to fall behind in vaccination rates.
Investigating further, the CDC conducted a national survey in more than 2,000 people between the ages of 19 and 39. Those who said they probably or definitely did not receive the vaccine said they did not trust it. Others said they feared possible side effects or did not believe they needed the shot.
While it is disturbing to learn that many young people are still afraid or disinterested in a vaccine that has slowed the spread of the virus and the progression of the pandemic, the study asked what might motivate them to receive their vaccine. Up to 40% of participants who were unsure said they would be more open to getting the prey if they had more information available about its effectiveness and safety.
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