- Tinder, Match, Ourtime, OkCupid, Hinge, Plenty of Fish and Grindr have joined forces to back the Get Boosted Now campaign and encourage young people to get the jab this Valentine’s Day
- Drive comes as 40% of eligible young people aged 18 to 34 in England still need to come forward for a COVID-19 booster
The UK’s leading dating apps are once again joining forces in a renewed push to encourage young people to get their booster vaccines ahead of Valentine’s Day.
New data released today, Thursday 10 February, from Hinge shows users who share their vaccination status on dating apps receive 30% more matches than those who don’t.
Over one million users of OkCupid have added the ‘I’m Vaccinated’ badge to their profile and on Grindr the vaccination badge is among the top 3 most popular, while a new survey with Plenty of Fish users found that more than one third (37%) of British singles said that they view vaccination as a desirable trait when considering matches.
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, apps such as Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid and Grindr will enable people to use in-app ‘Join the Boosted’ messages or display vaccination badges and stickers on their dating profiles to boost their chance of finding a match.
Vaccines Minister, Maggie Throup, said:
Getting your booster vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. It’s great to see people making the most of our restored freedoms thanks to the vaccination programme, and now getting a booster may even help you find someone special to share them all with.
Thank you to our dating app partners for pushing this vital message ahead of Valentine’s Day and helping people swipe right on the booster jab.
While around 80% of eligible adults in England have received a booster jab, around 60% of eligible young people between the ages of 18 and 34 have been boosted. Data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that shortly after getting a booster, you are 85% less likely to end up in hospital with COVID-19 than if you are unvaccinated.
UKHSA data illustrates that around 6 months after a second dose of any of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, protection against death with Omicron was around 60% in those aged 50 and over. This increased to around 95% 2 weeks after receiving a booster vaccine dose.
Tinder, the world’s most popular app for meeting new people, will feature adverts encouraging people to get their booster jabs. Vaccination badges are available for people to add to their profiles on Grindr, Tinder or OkCupid.
Alexandre Lubot, CEO of Match Group, said:
As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, vaccinations remain the best way we can protect ourselves and others.
We are proud to once again be working with the UK government in support of COVID-19 booster vaccinations to help singles in the UK date more safely and with more confidence in the coming months.
Dr Hannah Shimko, Comms and Policy Director of the Online Dating Association, said:
We are grateful to our members and the wider online dating sector for their support with the vaccine booster campaign, and immensely proud of the innovative ways they encourage their users to get vaccinated and boosted.
The Online Dating Association is delighted to work with the UK government to support health initiatives that matter to online daters and allow them to date safely.
Jack Harrison-Quintana, Director of Grindr for Equality, said:
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LGBTQ people, along with other minority groups, are often overlooked in emergency response planning.
That’s why we are so proud to be partnering to ensure Grindr users in Britain have access to needed booster shots.