“I’m worried about the vaccine,” said Burke, a senior at Western Michigan University, who is from Chicago. “I personally think I will postpone it until I definitely have it.”
Ms Burke said her family wanted her to be vaccinated. But she is worried about the vaccine affecting a woman’s reproductive system. This is a concern that has arisen in many interviews with young women. Scientists say there is no evidence that the vaccine affects fertility or pregnancy.
Still, the rare but real side effects have become a serious concern. Especially for young people who feel they are at low risk from the virus. Johnson & Johnson̵7;s vaccinations are paused this spring. After the discovery of a rare blood clot in a young woman And federal health officials said last week that the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have been used in the past week. It can cause heart problems in about 1,200 Americans, most of them under 30, although they say the benefits of vaccination still outweigh the risks.
recently Most people in their teens and 20s are not eligible for the vaccine. in winter and early spring When demand is greater than supply The state has prioritized its oldest and sickest residents for photography. late April All adults have rights but when that time The number of cases dropped sharply from the peak of winter. And the needs in the youngest age group never approached the level seen in the elderly. many colleges But far from all, it will require students to be vaccinated before returning to school in the fall.
Dr. Sarah Van Orman, chief public health officer at the University of Southern California’s Student Health System, said: “I think for the younger generation, Now we have to make this case to get them vaccinated.” “I think we have a long way to go for that.”
Of course, millions of young people have been vaccinated, and others still plan to vaccinate. Pop-up vaccine clinic at work stopover on the way and games in Major League Soccer This includes last week in Kansas City, Kansas, helping to reach more people in that age group. Many states are trying out lottery and other incentives. Still, many young people say they see no urgent reason for vaccination.