Some new data shows young adults, known as the "Gen Z" population, are reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and that's concerning to some doctors.
University of Maryland Medical System Chief Quality Officer Dr. Faheem Younus told 11 News the average age of his hospitalized coronavirus patients has dropped about 30% since the start of the pandemic.
The virus is now affecting more young people, and that's just one reason why Younus said every adult needs to get vaccinated.
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"As a country, if we have to get to herd immunity of 75%, there's no way we can get there without everyone pitching in and thinking of the common good," Younus said.
That's why the results of some new data are concerning to Younus. An NBC Morning Consult poll shows 26% of 18- to 24-year-olds said they will not get the COVID-19 vaccine. Many other said they want to "wait and see."
"Most common reason is, 'I'm going to be fine, and I don't want to take the chance with a new vaccine.' And the way I approach it is it’s not a new vaccine anymore," Younus said. Read more at WBAL