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Young people could be less likely to become vaccinated due to misinformation

President Biden set a goal of having 70% of the country vaccinated by the 4th of July holiday, but the United States reaching that goal is unlikely. Experts believe young people are to blame.

Experts worry that young people, who are most at risk for the delta variant which is slated to become the dominant variant, are getting a lot of misinformation online, specifically through social media.

Weill Cornell Medical Professor Dr. John Moore states that social media is not a good place to go, but reputable health sites, for information about vaccination.

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The dip in vaccination rates comes as reports of myocarditis and cardiovascular issues are reported from the vaccine as side effects. Dr. Moore states that while those side effects are rare, they’re just as likely to happen when contracting Covid.

Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith said with young people being the last group able to get the vaccine, plus the news of possible side effects coming out, it likely lessens the sense of urgency.