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Covid-19: Are NI's young people resisting the vaccine?

 

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"Get the jab, grab a poke". It was SLOTXO a catchy slogan with a serious message about getting a Covid-19 vaccination,
with a free ice-cream afterwards.

 

But despite such incentives and pleas for younger people to get the jab, figures show the number of young people being
vaccinated remains relatively low.

 

Latest figures show about 59% of those aged 18-29 have received a vaccine, whereas uptake in other age groups is
significantly higher.

 

Government advice states that vaccinated people are less likely to spread the infection by becoming ill.

 

But one young man, who spoke to BBC News NI, said he did not see the need for a jab.

 

"I couldn't be any fitter or healthier so why would I go and inject something into me to stop me getting something that
would have zero effect on me," he told Good Morning Ulster last week.

 

"It's not that I'm dead against it - if I have to get one to fly I probably will - but if you get the double vaccine you still
get the virus and you still pass it on anyway, so what's the point in it?"ง

 

Ellie-Jo Taylor, a secondary school student from Londonderry, disagrees with this viewpoint.

 

She believes the majority of young people are in favour of being vaccinated.

 

"We're in a situation where we can't afford not to be," she said.

 

"If we don't, we could potentially enter the third year of our education being hugely impacted."

 

Ellie-Jo said she knows many students are "incredibly unnerved" by the prospect of further isolation, particularly
with exams on the horizon.



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