Hot Vax Summer

What does Hot Vax Summer mean?

Summer 2021

Hot Vax Summer is some people's celebratory name for the summer of 2021 - in which access to covid vaccines (at least temporarily) allowed people to engage in fun activities that were unsafe or canceled in summer 2020.

Where did Hot Vax Summer originate?

Hot Vax Summer is a play on the phrase Hot Girl Summer, which was a popular way to refer to the summer of 2019. Fans of rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who call the artist Hot Girl Meg and refer to themselves as hotties, dubbed summer 2019 Hot Girl Summer. In August 2019, Stallion released an actual song titled Hot Girl Summer, which became the summer's unofficial anthem.

The "Hot" in Hot Vax Summer and Hot Girl Summer does not refer to the summer's temperatures. (Though yes, it has been plenty hot most places.) Instead, it refers to "hot" people who are feeling confident, attractive, adventurous, and frisky. In summer 2021, for example, online dating apps expected to see a surge in activity, as vaxxed singles once again became ready to mingle.

What are some other names for summer 2021?

Because people were so excited to have a normal summer again in 2021, they referred to the season by many fun names. While Hot Vax Summer is the most popular way to refer to summer 2021, you may also see the season referred to as Shot Girl Summer (with the referenced shot being the Fauci Ouchie, not a shot of alcohol), Vax Girl Summer, and other more-specific variants.


Trying to make the most of Hot Vax Summer before we all have to mask up again
For some, Hot Vax Summer may not end up being so hot
For some, Hot Vax Summer may not end up being so hot

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Updated August 5, 2021

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