The government has turned to dating apps to encourage young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Starting Monday, Tinder, Hinge, Match, Badoo, Plenty of Fish, OurTime, Muzmatch and Bumble will allow users to show their support for the vaccine on their dating profiles.
They will also offer in-app bonuses to those who claim to have been vaccinated against the virus.
Users will see ads and banners for the Every Vaccination Gives Us Hope campaign – and they will be able to use vaccination badges and stickers, free “super” likes and other features.
All of these new features are optional, but the Department of Health and Social Affairs insisted there was research showing people are more likely to date someone who has had a COVID-19 jab. .
It has long been feared that the strong adherence seen in older people may not be reflected in younger people, who face a lower risk of death or complications from the virus.
People under the age of 30 will be asked to book their immunizations from this week, but there are early signs that care may turn out better than expected.
Positive sentiment for the vaccine among those under 30 is lower than the national average, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics, but it has increased significantly since the administration of the first COVID-19 vaccine in December.
Between December 10 and 13 of last year, the 16-29 figure was estimated at 63%, but between May 19 and 23 it had jumped to 85%. The national rate for adults of all ages rose from 78% to 95% over the same period.
Images from various walk-in immunization clinics across the country showed that when they were cleared to receive the vaccine, many young people came forward.
A drop-in center open in Bolton – a hotspot for the most transmissible variant first reported in India – reported that people as young as 17 were being vaccinated. And when a walk-in center in Twickenham tweeted that anyone over 18 could get …
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This notice was published: 2021-06-06 22:07:00