‘OUTRAGE’ AS MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE REMAIN UNVACCINATED

'OUTRAGE' AS MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE REMAIN WITHOUT VACCINATION
'OUTRAGE' AS MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE REMAIN WITHOUT VACCINATION

  • Quote: ‘From the epidemiological point of view it is outrageous, having millions of young people without vaccinations’ – Juan Francisco Navarro, president of the Valencian Society of Preventive Medicine

By Andrew Atkinson

TWENTY-PER-CENT of people aged 30-39 in Spain are not vaccinated against Covid-19, according to Juan Francisco Navarro, president of the Valencian Society of Preventive Medicine.

“From the epidemiological point of view it is outrageous, having millions of young people without vaccinations.

“We have to make it difficult for unsupportive people, where the largest number of unvaccinated people are concentrated,” said Navarro.

Alba Navalón, a nurse and doctor in Sociology from University of Alicante believes non-vaccination is due to thinking nothing will happen to them, if the are diagnosed with coronovirus.

“They believe that if they catch COVID, nothing is going to happen to them, they are going to pass it mildly, despite the fact that during the last 18 months we have seen people of all ages become seriously ill,” said Navalón.

The 20% non-vaccinated, doubles the average registered among the general population, where nine out of 10 people of age are vaccinated with at least one dose.

Also for people in their twenties, data shows almost 19% have not yet been vaccinated.

The belief of low perception of risk in young people is not new, added Navalón, saying it affects other diseases such as sexually transmitted diseases, with many not using a condom.

“They give too much credibility to what they read on social networks – there is no way you can make them change their minds,” said an unnamed nurse.

“I have tried to convince, without success, young people who came when brought by parents.

“They did not want to be vaccinated – because they said that on the Internet they had read that within two years all those vaccinated would die,” she added.

Above 16 years, even if parents insist on being vaccinated, young people cannot be forced to get vaccinated.

“As someone important in the group says that ‘they do not get vaccinated’, that message convinces the rest,” they added.

Data exchange

Sociologist Daniel la Parra said young people are the group with the greatest mobility: “It is possible that many of these people who are unvaccinated in the ministry’s records, actually are in their respective countries of residence, since in addition, there is not a good exchange of data between countries”.

The news comes amid President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, announced October 9 will be the end of the coronovirus restrictions in the Valencian Community.