The vaccine crisis affecting working age men
The Forum is calling on governments to act as data from England and Scotland shows a growing shortfall in vaccination amongst working age men in England and younger men in Scotland.
In England, 19.4% of men aged 18-24 have had their first jab compared to 28.0% of women. Amongst men aged 25-29, 30.5% have had their first jab compared to 39.4% of women. Men of every age are less likely to be vaccinated than women - but the differences are biggest (5% or more) amongst men under 55. Overall 53.1% of men have had their first vaccination vs. 59% of women.
In Scotland, 36.9% of men aged 18-29 have had their first vaccination compared to 46.8% of women.
On second vaccinations, the figures are even more stark.
In England, 9.5% of men aged 18-24 have had their second jab compared to 16.4% of women. Amongst men aged 25-29, 12.0% have had their second jab compared to 20.6% of women. Overall 37.2% of men have had their second vaccination vs. 44.7% of women.
In Scotland, 12.1% of men aged 18-29 have had their second vaccination compared to 21.9% of women – and 17.6% of men aged 30-39 have had their second vaccination compared to 30.8% of women.
Given the dramatically higher risk of hospitalisation and mortality amongst working age men, this needs specific and urgent focus.
The Men’s Health Forum is calling for:
- A government commitment to take action to close the gap
- Detailed inequalities analysis to see if particular groups of men (age, ethnicity, work status, type of employment) are particularly likely to not get vaccinated.
- Research, communications and targeted outreach and vaccination programmes to tackle complacency and reduce the barriers to uptake
Forum CEO Martin Tod said:
These figures show that the vaccination programme is falling short amongst working-age and younger men. Given that working-age men are much more likely to die or need hospitalisation from COVID than women, this needs urgent action. Not enough has been done to make men of all ages aware of the higher risk they face – now we’re paying the price.
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.
Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.
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