The chief executive of Cigna Europe has praised healthcare professionals for their work in improving public perceptions around Covid vaccines.
The comments follow new research from the health insurer which shows adults aged under 25 in the UK are increasingly keen to receive the vaccine.
Indeed they are more enthusiastic than older 20 and 30-year-olds with around nine out of ten (88%) claiming they will definitely get the jab when it becomes their turn.
In fact the research shows adults under 25 are keener than any other age group under 55 to get vaccinated, compared with 80% of millennials, the group who were most concerned about the potential side effects.
Brits across all age groups are now more worried about transmitting Covid than catching it – with two in three (65%) concerned about transmitting the virus compared to two in five (41%) concerned with catching it.
While overall 75% of Brits are confident vaccines will protect them from Covid compared to 61% of global participants, almost a fifth feel they do not know enough about Covid vaccines (v 42% globally), including 26% of millennials and 22% of Generation X.
Arjan Toor, CEO of Cigna Europe, said: “It’s extremely positive to see that under 25s are so on-board with the vaccination programme following so much press in recent months around vaccine hesitancy among this group.
“It is normal human instinct to question the new, yet this research shows encouraging uptake across all groups which is very welcome with concerns of the new Indian variant in pockets of the UK.
“The progress we are seeing is a result of the hard work and dedication of healthcare professionals, and it is this which is having a real and positive impact on the fight around the perception of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Going forward, this research will help us understand more about how people feel about vaccines to enable us to better meet their needs and to provide the right support to improve their health, wellbeing and peace of mind in these unprecedented times.”