The bigger the number of people being vaccinated, the fewer chances of spread. The fewer chances of spreading, the larger decline of disease prevalence, and, of course, the faster we would all get back to normal. Therefore, there’s an urgency of reaching that milestone and this has led some to claim that it’s an individual’s civic duty to get vaccinated. However, millennials and Gen- Z’s, do not seem to share the same priority putting their morality into question.
According to Bloomberg, 25% of adults between 18-29 said they would “wait and see” if they would be getting vaccinated. 15% revealed they would only get it if mandatory, and 11% said: “definitely not”. That is 51% of Millenials.
But, what is making an entire generation think this way? Here are some arguments I came across on social media.
It seems too good to be true. “Vaccines take years to develop and the immediacy that they came out to the public. It’s like scientists are still testing them, and we are their lab rats. It seems risky since they’re relatively new”.
Others, think the idea of winning a major price is a bit “sus” “Incentives? Are you serious? Why do you insist so much?”
Some have heard horrifying stories of the side effects.
“I would want to see how others do with these trial vaccines. Some of my friend’s had a bad experience after the second shot”.
And for women, the biggest concern is infertility. Currently, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems, however, investigations are still at an early stage, and not every lab has hopped into getting the data needed.
Truth is, millennials aren’t entirely opposed to a vaccine, most of them just want to wait. And well, considering they occupy 25% of the world’s population, let’s hope they’re right and that this doesn’t lead to something worse.
What do you think? Are millennials being hard headed, or do they actually have a good point?
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