You might have read that the older someone is, the greater the risk that COVID-19 poses to them, and this may be making you question your own need to get jabbed if you're younger. But it's still important to get vaccinated, even if you're young and healthy!
Still unsure? These are all the reasons to get protected against the virus:
1. Though it's much less likely, there are younger people who have been seriously ill from the virus.
2. There are also thousands who are still suffering from Long COVID.
3. Because anyone can get COVID-19, it's much safer for your immune system to learn how to fight off the virus via vaccine than by catching it with no protection.
4. Anyone can also spread the virus, so getting vaccinated helps you to protect the people you love who are more vulnerable.
5. The vaccine works by teaching your immune system how to create antibodies that will attack the virus if you do come into contact with it.
6. Vaccines just work best when we all get one. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer infections, hospitalisations, and deaths from COVID-19, and the sooner we can all get back to normal.
7. Vaccines are very safe. Each one used in the UK has been independently approved for use by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)...
8. ...and have been tested on tens of thousands of people worldwide. They've also gone through unbelievably strict quality, safety, and effectiveness tests.
9. As with all medicines (even paracetamol), there are potential side effects. But these are almost always mild, short-term, and are far outweighed by the benefits of getting the vaccine.
10. There's also zero evidence that the vaccine affects fertility or anyone's chances of getting pregnant. Anything saying otherwise is nonsense.
11. In fact, the only reason not to have the vaccine? If you're allergic to it. So if you have serious allergies, you can contact your GP for some advice.
12. Plus it's super low effort to have it done. All adults over 18 can now book a jab either via the NHS Booking Service online or by calling 119.
When you get the vaccine, you'll be joining the millions of people in the UK who have now had it safely, as well as the millions more around the world who have taken action to help protect themselves and others.
For more information about the vaccine and how you can book, you can visit the NHS site here.