COVID-19 vaccination reservation rates are low among young people around the world, causing health officials to worry about whether they can get herd immunity.
One expert thinks complacency could be one of the reasons for low vaccination rates.
“I think maybe if that mistrust sounds more like complacency, because last year in the first phase of the pandemic, young people tended not to be badly affected. So very few young people got involved. found in hospital, not to mention dying. But this year we ‘see a lot of young people getting infected and that’s pretty much every country in the world.’
In South Korea, in the 18-49 age group, about 23% of people said “no” to vaccines.
And while more young people were interested in getting vaccinated, the current shortage of vaccine supplies also makes it difficult to meet the 70% threshold for herd immunity.
On the contrary, some experts believe that non-pharmaceutical methods would be more effective in containing the virus.
“We need to focus a lot more on quarantine and isolation through tracing and testing. However, increase rebalancing, need more human resources to work appropriately on this digital health technology and then reduce the working time. It is therefore now time for a refocusing and a key quarantine, especially for the method of quarantine and isolation by the rapid increase in human resources ”
They also say that reaching a vaccination rate of 70% will not be enough to ease restrictions and open borders, nor to prevent new epidemics.
“Iceland has the highest vaccination rates in the world. It is therefore well over 80% and more than 90% of people over 70 have been fully vaccinated. And yet Iceland is experiencing the biggest epidemic since the start of the pandemic. ”
However, he pointed out that while vaccinations might not stop the spread, they can still prevent many people from being hospitalized or dying.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.