myGP debunks top 5 reasons under 25s cite for avoiding covid vaccine
Covid-19 expert available to myth bust vaccine misinformation as confidence falls and uptake plateaus amongst under 25s
As students across the UK wait for hear whether vaccines will become mandatory for lectures next year, new research from myGP, the UK’s largest NHS-accredited independent healthcare management app, reveals almost 18% of under 25s don’t plan to get vaccinated. The findings are the result of two behavioural studies which took place in March and July 2021 to measure changes in vaccine perception and identify the top reasons for vaccine hesitancy.
Confidence in the Covid vaccine
Amongst the 2,600 under 25s involved in the studies, vaccine confidence fell by 3% between the two months, with those not planning to receive the vaccine rising to 17.8%. If this trend continues, almost one in five students may decide against vaccination throughout the next academic term. Misinformation around vaccines has exacerbated this downward trend and the summer holidays are a pivotal moment to bolster the safety of students through vaccination. The latest data from Public Health England’s (PHE) coronavirus infection report revealed 20 to 29-year-olds now have the highest infection rate of any age group since the beginning of the pandemic (1,154 per 100,000).
Of the 17.8% who did not intend to get the vaccine, 22.4% said they would change their mind if vaccine passports were to be made mandatory in entertainment venues. However, vaccine hesitancy proved to have significant sway, with 77.6% stating they would instead try to find venues that did not require a vaccine passport.
The main reasons for avoiding the Covid vaccine
Of those who said they did not intend to book a vaccine appointment, the 5 main reasons were:
- Concern over the speed the vaccine was produced and tested
2. Worry over future long term side effects
3. Potential risk to babies – if vaccinated while pregnant or breastfeeding
4. Belief they were not at risk of infection due to age
5. Previous negative reactions to vaccines
We can offer a myth-busting interview with Dr William Budd, Clinical Research Physician at Imperial College, who has played an instrumental role in the vaccine clinical trials. Recently interviewed in i Paper for his use of TikTok to dispel vaccine myths, Dr Budd’s insights could help reassure students who either fear the vaccine or simply do not believe they are at risk of infection.
Dr William Budd, Medical Advisor to myGP, commented on the above concerns stopping under 25s from wanting the vaccine:
“With the amount of misinformation out there, it’s no surprise that these five issues appeared repeatedly in the myGP study. Fortunately, there’s extensive, scientifically-backed research to show why these points shouldn’t be stumbling blocks in your journey to get vaccinated. The jargon used around Covid-19 can be overwhelming, which is why I’ve spent the last year breaking down vaccine news and misconceptions into TikToks that users don’t need a medical degree to understand.
Avoid the “Google Rabbit Hole”
My advice to any young people worried about potential side effects is to avoid going down a Google rabbit hole. The best way to get accurate answers is to speak to a healthcare provider, whether it’s your GP or a member of the team in the vaccination centre. For those hesitant to get their jab, I’d strongly encourage you to at least book your appointment. When you’re there, you have no legal obligation to go through with the jab, but I guarantee the team can answer all questions you have and, hopefully, help you reach a point where you’re confident to join the millions of under 25s who’ve already been vaccinated.”
About iPLATO and myGP
Created by health tech company iPLATO Healthcare, myGP is the UK’s largest independent healthcare management app with over 2 million NHS patient users, and 6,500 medical practices right across the country using the app / platform.
The myGP app was created to give NHS patients improved, and more convenient access to healthcare. By making all services available in one app, users can manage and navigate their own healthcare quickly and efficiently, whilst seeing all the options available to them of which they may not have previously been aware.
myGP is the health app of choice for over two million NHS patients. Its most popular patient features include:
- Booking appointments –Get access to health professionals at the tap of a button, including GPs, practice nurses, or other relevant and available health experts. No need to call and speak to a receptionist – it can all be managed privately, in-app.
- Complimentary healthcare services booking –Partner providers give myGP users exclusive access and discounts to complimentary services such as physiotherapy, mental health and nutrition programmes.
- Request repeat prescriptions– Putting an end to writing a letter or completing a form at the practice, patients can request repeat prescription in seconds, in-app, for click-and-collect at the chosen high street pharmacy or for home delivery (popular during the pandemic)
- Helping others access healthcare– Parents have registered hundreds of thousands of dependents to help family groups access the healthcare they need.
- Access to triage and remote consultation services– myGP allows patients to access online consultation services (triage and video consultation) from within the app or provided by NHS-approved providers such as eConsult and DoctorLink.
- Medication reminders– A handy tool to remind patients to take the required medication at the correct, regular intervals.
- Weight and blood pressure monitoring– a simple tracker for weight and blood pressure, helping people keep an eye on their physical health, and BMI.
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