Even if you’re young and healthy, it’s still important to get vaccinated.
Although younger people are generally less likely to be hospitalized or to die from COVID-19, Wherry said that there’s been a recent uptick in young unvaccinated people getting very severe cases.
“Even if you are not worried about yourself getting sick, on average, every person with Delta spreads [it] to … four to eight new people,” Wherry said. “Some of these folks you infect may not be as lucky as you. If they are also unvaccinated, for every 10 unvaccinated people who get Delta, they will infect 40 to 80 new unvaccinated people and send about four to eight people to the hospital.”
Wherry also emphasized that it’s important to consider the well-being of people who cannot yet be vaccinated, for various reasons — age, cancer, immune deficiencies — and are at high risk. “Young people do need to get vaccinated — if not for themselves, for those around them,” Wherry said.