April 22, 2021 -- Hesitancy around COVID-19 vaccination appears to be increasing among Generation Z — those born between 1997 and 2012 — in recent months.

Public health officials are concerned about vaccine hesitancy in this age group as COVID-19 cases have spiked among young adults.

In a NBCLX/Morning Consult poll conducted in March, 26% of Gen Z respondents said they won’t get vaccinated, and 19% said they aren’t sure whether they will get inoculated. In a similar NBCLX/Morning Consult poll conducted in March 2020, 5% of Gen Z respondents said they wouldn’t get vaccinated.

In a recent STAT-Harris Poll, about 21% of Gen Z respondents said they won’t get vaccinated, and 34% said they would “wait awhile and see” before getting a vaccine.

Experts are now looking for new strategies to communicate about vaccines with this age group. During most of the pandemic, public health messaging indicated that older adults faced more vulnerability to the virus, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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