None of us imagined we would ever live through a pandemic in our lifetimes — and our world has not even changed that much in the West Australian bubble. You only have to look at the dire situation over east to be reminded to count your blessings. The highly contagious Delta variant is wreaking havoc across Sydney with 633 new locally acquired cases reported up to 8pm Tuesday, while Melbourne, Canberra, Greater Darwin and Katherine are in lockdown. As someone under 30, it has been frustrating to be among the many of us who want to do our part and get vaccinated. We’ve been waiting patiently while we heard others who were eligible ‘um’ and ‘ah’ over whether they would be getting their jab — a vaccine we’d be glad to take. And now we’re the ones spreading the virus. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 75 per cent of the State’s active cases were in people aged under 40. Research shows young people tend to transmit the virus more compared to older Australians who come into contact with fewer people, yet we’ve been in the dark waiting to be able to make an actual difference. Modelling from the Doherty Institute revealed vaccinating young people would be the most effective strategy to slow down COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia. Now that is something we can finally put into action in WA. I have had countless conversations with friends over how we all want to get vaccinated, to play any part we can in helping the world transition to some sort of new “normal” that resembles the society we used to know. And now all of those friends are sharing their booking confirmations. My social media feed has been flooded with young people encouraging others to make an appointment and get vaccinated, and it is an encouraging sight. It feels empowered to be a part of a generation that wants to play our role to help fight COVID-19 and work towards herd immunity. I understand being hesitant about fighting a new disease, but please do your research to ease those fears. Don’t allow yourself to fall down a rabbit hole of wild conspiracy theories and “evidence” that is not based on science. In three weeks I’ll be rolling up my sleeve and I implore you to do the same if you are able to.