People age 18 to 30 share what motivated them to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Our nation’s youngest adults are the least likely to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Worse yet, fewer people age 18 to 30 are getting vaccinated every week.
To help increase vaccination rates among 18- to 30-year-olds, Kaiser Permanente is leading several outreach efforts as part of our involvement in the national month of action to get 70% of people in the United States vaccinated with at least one shot by the 4th of July.
To rid our country of the hospitalizations and deaths caused by COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable, it’s vital that many people of every age get vaccinated.
We talked with 5 young adults about what motivated them to get vaccinated. Seeing friends and family in person and making sure they don’t spread COVID-19 to others were mentioned most often. Read more about their personal motivations below.
Elisa Albelo, 24
I work in retail, so when the store where I work closed down completely in March 2020, I was nervous. It was my main source of income, and I didn’t know when it would open again. Thankfully, the store opened again a few months later, but adjusting to wearing masks and many other changes was a shock at first.
I decided to get vaccinated for my health and safety. My dad got COVID-19 in early 2021, and that was a scary experience. I feel so much better knowing that I am vaccinated, and I love being able to now see my friends and family and hug them as much as I want.
Jasper Brannon, 21
In Los Angeles, the pandemic was intense — COVID-19 seemed to be everywhere. Me and my 3 roommates were pretty locked up. I like to be out and about, so it was a big adjustment.
I also had to adjust to online school, and then right when that started, I got COVID-19. I was sick for about 4 or 5 days. It was like a bad cold but with severe body aches, and I was exhausted.
One of the main reasons I got vaccinated was because of my experience having COVID-19. I’m young and healthy, but I still got quite ill. I didn’t want to potentially pass the virus on to someone immunocompromised. I would have a tough time with that.
I felt comfortable getting the vaccine, and I wanted to keep other people safe — the people in our communities, my neighbors, and my co-workers.
Alejandra Jauregui, 30
At the beginning of the pandemic, I fell into a depression and became very anxious. It got so bad, I had to get treated and take medication. In November 2020, my fiancé and I lost our apartment due to our finances being impacted by the pandemic. We moved in with my parents.
In January 2021, I tested positive for COVID-19, and it was horrible. I was almost 8 months pregnant, and I was hospitalized for 3 days. Thankfully, I recovered, and my baby and I are OK.
I got vaccinated for myself and my family. I got my first dose about 2 weeks after I delivered my son. I’m hoping that my son received some COVID-19 antibodies while he was in my womb and now through my breastmilk.
Vincent Kim, 24
During the pandemic, I stayed home a lot. I did online school and went out only for necessities. Staying home so much took a toll on me — I’m an active and social person, but I did it to play my part.
I got vaccinated to protect myself and my family and friends. The last thing I want is to spread COVID-19 to my loved ones — I could be asymptomatic and still spread the virus.
Most of all, I got the vaccine for my friend. He was healthy and young — about the same age as me. He got COVID-19 and passed away after his condition worsened. He was so looking forward to getting the vaccine. He died a month before he would have been eligible to get it. COVID-19 doesn’t care about your age.
Monique Arrabit, 28
During the pandemic, I was fortunate that I stayed employed. However, I wasn’t able to see my parents or most of my family for at least a year. That was really hard.
I got the vaccine because I trust the science. I trusted that it worked and was safe. I also helped my parents feel confident in the vaccine. I answered their questions and assured them the best scientists were on it.
When I finally got to see my parents again, it was so great. I got engaged during the pandemic, and we were finally able to celebrate.