The number of people being vaccinated against Covid-19 in South Africa is on the rise after a bumpy start and vaccine acceptance in South Africa is now comparable to high-income countries such as Australia and Germany, according to the latest results of the Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey. But nearly one in four participants were still hesitant about getting vaccinated. About one in 15 were strongly opposed to vaccinations.
There is also a large gap between the proportion of people saying they were willing to vaccinate and those who have actually gone for their jab. International literature suggests that this is most likely attributable to underlying uncertainty and distrust, requiring more assurances or due to a high time or money cost of registrations and vaccinations.
Join assistant editor for breaking news Sheldon Morais on Thursday at 19:00 around the Editors' Table where he will be discussing vaccine hesitancy with GroundUp editor Nathan Geffen and journalists Tebogo Monama and Tammy Petersen.