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18 May 2021

Guinea pigs and misinformation – COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is a growing threat


Vaccine hesitancy in South Africa is a growing threat to fighting the COVID-19 epidemic but health workers remain resolute that access to a vaccine will save lives.

Tshepo Molai has been ignoring the emails and SMS’s from different medical insurance companies inviting him to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Molai is one of a large number of South Africans showing vaccine hesitancy.

The University of Johannesburg, in partnership with the Human Sciences Research Council, published a  survey on vaccine hesitancy in January. Sampling 10,000 people, the survey showd that  that while 52% of people would definitely take the vaccine, there is a large number of people who are unsure about taking a vaccine.

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