Vaccine hesitancy among young people

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire young volunteers wanted to undertake a short research study into vaccine hesitancy amongst the young people in the Central Bedfordshire area and to explore the reasons behind it.

With support from Healthwatch England and local providers, a short snapshot survey was created and widely distributed across Central Bedfordshire. Questions included whether young people have been offered the vaccine, if they have chosen to have the vaccine and why they felt young people were choosing not to have the vaccine. 

The main aim of the survey was to gain some insight into whether young people from Central Bedfordshire were choosing to have the vaccine, or not, and/or the reasons why they felt other young people were hesitant about having the vaccine.

29 young people took the time to share their views. 60% of these people planned to have the vaccine, and 40% said they had chosen not to have the vaccine.

Reasons for not having the vaccine included distrust in the government, concern about possible side effects, and feeling that it was not necessary for young people. To encourage more young people to take up the vaccine, respondents to the survey felt fairly strongly that young people’s opinion could be changed if they believed they would have more freedom to travel and attend events, as well as receiving two doses which would reduce the need to self-isolate. 

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General details

Report title 
Vaccine hesitancy among young people
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 27 October, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 1 September, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 30 September, 2021
Key themes 
Health protection
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Diagnostic and/or screening service - single handed sessional providers

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
16-17 years
18-24 years
Not known
Not known
Other ethnic group
Does the information include public's views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.