According to new data from the CDC and private insurance companies, just over 50% of adults under 30 will have at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of August. The same group of young adults also are also the ones most often becoming infected with Covid-19 and are spreading it to others. About 70% of those who acquire Covid-19 either have no symptoms or minimal symptoms and continue their daily lives interacting with others and spreading it to others, including to more vulnerable people. 30% have significant symptoms and need medical care or hospitalization.
The delta variant first found in India is responsible for the majority of new cases in the U.S., U.K., Portugal and other countries. According to health experts and doctors from the U.S., U.K. and the World Health Organization (WHO), the delta variant is significantly easier to spread compared to the original alpha version that swept across the United States last March and April. “The delta variant is highly transmittable compared to other variants and based on medical data, bringing with it more serious symptoms and medical complications,” says doctor Reed Singer of the UCLA Medical Center.
“Younger adults don’t seem to be motivated to get the vaccine because it can help them avoid getting sick and because it will prevent them from spreading Covid-19, but instead have gotten the vaccine so that social activities can reopen, or so they can attend college. It’s a very selfish viewpoint or way to behave,” says Khalid Badawi, the medical director for New York’s health advisory group. “It’s a what’s in it for me now attitude, very short sighted way of looking at things. And some still think Covid-19 isn’t real or isn’t serious either.”
Data from Johns Hopkins University show that from April 2021 and forward, young adults are the main drivers behind Covid-19 and make up the majority of cases now as most adults 30 and over have been vaccinated.