However, we have now found a vaccine to fight off the virus, which sees a large percentage of people have taken. In the UK, there have been approximately 109 million doses of various vaccines given to the population with 46 million people fully vaccinated, (statistics taken at time of writing). With only around 30% of the UK population to go, there is no shame in saying that the NHS has done an incredible job over the past couple years and we can all look up to and support the workers who have worked tirelessly.


As of the past few months to a year, under 18’s have been granted admittance to their first dose of the vaccine, while ages 12-15 have also been approved as of a month ago. Although we are entitled to our own choice, there has been a large amount of hesitation towards allowing the youth to take their first dose. Parents across the UK have stayed wary of the side effects of the vaccine and many are waiting for closure on its safety and reliability before allowing their children to step forward.


It is understandable that some people may be hesitant on taking the vaccine at a young age, with its impending long term effects, and yes, there have been some cases where long term health has been infected with many reporting side effects of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis or heart muscle inflammation which have all been reported with Coronavirus vaccines.


On the whole, as quoted by the NHS website, ‘The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness’. It is understandable why some people may be cautious due to the unknowingness of the whole situation that has occurred. But we also need to be logical and understand that this will not get better if we do not contribute together as a nation.