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Do younger or healthy people need the vaccine?
Yes, even younger adults, children, and otherwise healthy people should get the vaccine. There are three key reasons why you should still get the vaccine, even if you don’t feel at risk from COVID-19:
- Protect yourself: It’s not worth taking a chance with COVID when there’s a safe and effective way to prevent it. While COVID-19 can be more serious for the elderly, Indigenous Peoples, or those with underlying health conditions, younger and otherwise healthy people have had serious outcomes too.
- Protect those you love: Even if you don’t see the personal benefit, think about your family and friends, or others you come in contact with. Getting the vaccine helps to protect them too. People who are fully vaccinated are less likely to get infected and spread COVID-19.
- Ending the pandemic: We need a high level of vaccine uptake if we want to get back to a more normal way of life. This makes it harder for COVID-19 to spread, and less likely for more dangerous mutations to happen. You can help by getting immunized.
Research is still underway to confirm the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for children age 4 and under.
Learn more about the risks of COVID-19 here:
Johns Hopkins University: Younger Adults Are at Risk, Too
Data reveal deadliness of COVID-19, even in young adults (Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)