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21 Feb 2022

WHY SOME SOUTH AFRICANS WILLING TO BE VACCINATED STILL HAVEN’T HAD THE COVID JAB

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President Cyril Ramaphosa set a target to get 70% of the country’s adults vaccinated by the end of 2021 but by that time only 39% of adults had been. Why?

Narnia Bohler-Muller & Benjamin Roberts & Carin Runciman 

This article first appeared in The Conversation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa set a target to get 70% of the country’s adults vaccinated by the end of 2021. However, by the end of that year, only 39% of adults had been fully vaccinated.

Yet, despite this shortfall, across three rounds of surveying conducted during 2021 by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council, we found that over two-thirds of adults indicated a willingness to vaccinate or had been vaccinated. These findings are similar to those found by other surveys, including IPSOS and NIDS-CRAM.

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