WASHINGTON D.C.: U.S. health officials have said that younger people are not seeking out Covid vaccinations at the rate of older people, as the United States is not expected to reach the inoculation targets set for August.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week that more outreach is needed to increase vaccination rates among young American adults to reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.
Recently conducted surveys found that nearly one-quarter of adults ages 18 to 39 said they would probably or definitely not receive the Covid vaccination.
Officials added that younger people have been more reluctant to be vaccinated due to concerns over the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
The lowest rates of vaccination were among Black adults aged 1839 with lower levels of education who live outside of major cities, according to the report.
Of the 57 percent of American adults who have received at least one vaccine dose, people 65 years and older have the highest rate of coverage, while those 18 to 29 years had the lowest rate, according to the CDC.
In December 2020, vaccinations to protect against Covid infections began in America, initially being offered to health care workers and the elderly.
By April 19, all adults age 18 and older became eligible to be vaccinated.