Vaccinations are now open to all adult South Africans at long last. In recent weeks, there has been growing concern that demand for vaccines among people over 35 is waning. Large surveys on people’s views on getting vaccinated have produced contrasting results.
This week, the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Centre for Social Change, in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), released the results of the fourth round of their massive Covid-19 Democracy Survey, which looked at vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in South Africa.
The headline findings were that the overall rate of vaccine acceptance was 72%, up from 67% recorded in the previous round, which was conducted in late December 2020. This figure includes those who have had the vaccine already, who would definitely get the vaccine, and who probably would get the vaccine.
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