Clearer information and messages from behavior models are needed to boost Covid vaccination among young people, experts said, as figures showed less than 60% of older people had received their first vaccine in England.
Adults over 18 have been eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination in England since June 18. But according to the latest data from Public Health England (PHE), vaccine use in younger groups already appears to be leveling off.
Case rates are highest among people in their 20s. Data from PHE on Thursday showed that the group of age had a seven-day infection rate of 1,154.7 per 100,000 people - or 1 in 100.
Vaccination rates are increasing now only very slowly in each age group. More than 95% of people over 80 in England received their first dose, compared to 80.9% of people aged 45 to under 50, 62, 8% of those aged 30 to under 35 and 58.4% of those aged 18 to under 18. 25 years.
The concerns raised by the slowdown in vaccination among young people have aroused Boris Johnson to announce Monday that from September only those who had had two doses of a coronavirus the vaccine would be authorized to get into crowded places such as nightclubs - although some have suggested it could just be a clicking sound .
experts say such a tactic could hinder rather than help vaccination.
Prof John Drury, of the University of Sussex, a participant t in Spi-B, the Sage Behavioral Science Advisory Subcommittee, said, “The inducement will work for some, but will backfire on those who are most hesitant and suspicious, who will perceive it as coercion. "
Beate Kampmann, Professor of Pediatric Infection and Immunity and Directorthis from the vaccination center at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine agreed and said a requirement for vaccination passports at nightclubs would do little to increase confidence in the vaccine; it needed a broad package of measures to boost adoption, she said.
"People are more hesitant if they feel like the disease to be prevented does not concern them. So, disseminate data specifically [on] how the health of young people is affected by the pandemic in terms of cases, admissions, serious consequences, deaths, long Covid but also the advantage of reducing the chains of transmission, could help to show that this virus does not stop with age and that it is everyone's business to limit the damage, "said Kampmann.
She added: "We need relevant role models to speak up for vaccines and tell their stories, ratherthan a group of middle-aged scientists. Learning from your peers could work much better, and we have successfully used this approach in local communities. "
Drury said that one problem was the recent message on 'freedoms', which suggested that the situation was now safe and that no further action was needed. "The signal sent is disastrous for the public's commitment to it. protective behaviors, ”he said.
Among the measures Drury considered important was listening to young people about their vaccine concerns and making it easier for them to get immunized. "Bring immunization facilities to places and times that are convenient for young people.
Prof Stephen Reicher, UN St Andrews University, also a Spi-B participant, agreed, adding that theVaccine passports could alienate and distract from things that were engaging and could piss off, as they promoted an individualistic approach. “I think a much better approach is to use vaccines as an incentive, but at a collective level. That is, when we reach certain vaccination levels, we can reopen the facilities for everyone. "