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This week on The Story, we unpack vaccine hesitancy.
This week on The Story, we unpack vaccine hesitancy.
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  • Vaccine hesitancy is increasing in some areas, sparking fears of a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.
  • Only 17% of the South African population has been vaccinated.
  • Experts say myths about the vaccine are keeping people on the fence.

Vaccine hesitancy is becoming a growing concern for the South African government as the country tries to return to pre-Covid-19 times. 

If not enough people are vaccinated, it will prolong the pandemic. In South Africa, only 17% of the population has been vaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy has increased in some areas. 

This week on The Story, we unpack the implications of vaccine hesitancy and what needs to be done about it. 

We speak to the head of the Biomedical Sciences department at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Professor Glenda Davison and News24 journalist Tebogo Monama.

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Davison says recent surveys show that more than 70% of South Africans are willing to have the vaccine, but there is a "wait and see attitude" to establish how safe it is.

She says only 5% are anti-vaxxers who won't get the vaccine.

Davison believes there must be more educational campaigns to reassure people that the vaccine is safe. 

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Monama believes those who are vaccine hesitant may end up taking their employers to court.

She says labour lawyers predict a flood of court cases if those who refuse to vaccinate are retrenched or dismissed.

Monama says it will be the courts that ultimately need to decide whether vaccinations "are mandatory or not".

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