South African University of Johannesburg (UJ) in collaboration with the Developmental, Ethical and Capable State research division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) have released two research briefings on Covid-19 vaccines.
The findings on Vaccine Inequality and Hesitancy and Barriers to Covid-19 Vaccination demonstrate that vaccine hesitancy has declined slightly from 28% recorded in Round 4 of the survey undertaken between June 25 and July 20, 2021 to 25% in Round 5. This illustrates that the proportion of the adult population that is vaccine hesitant is largely stable.
While overall the level of vaccine hesitancy is stable there have been some important positive shifts in vaccine hesitancy. The level of vaccine hesitancy among those aged 18-24 years has declined by 16 percentage points and by 9 percentage points among 25-34 year olds. It has, however, remained stable in older age groups.
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