A hesitant nation? Survey shows potential acceptance of a Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa

CATEGORY: Media and COVID-19
DATE: 26 January 2021
AUTHOR: Daily Maverick

By Narnia Bohler-Muller, Benjamin Roberts, Kate Alexander, Carin Runciman and Ngqapheli Mchunu

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to inflict appreciable burdens of morbidity and mortality in South Africa, while also causing extreme social and economic disruption. In response, ensuring an effective large-scale and equitable rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine(s) has become a pressing issue.

It has given rise to significant debate and vaccine activism, but it has also raised concerns about potential public hesitancy to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. This issue was examined in Round 3 of the UJ-HSRC Covid-19 Democracy Survey conducted from 29 December 2020 to 6 January 2021. There were 10,618 fully completed questionnaires, a large sample. Responses were weighted by race, age and education, so that findings are broadly representative of South Africa’s adult population.

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