Lack of knowledge could be driving vaccine hesitancy


During a webinar between the Department of Health and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), experts shared statistics that showed 80 percent of vaccinated people believed they had a good understanding of how vaccines worked. They also said that vaccine acceptance was higher among people who believed they knew a lot about the vaccine (79 percent). In contrast, of the 34 percent of respondents who said they were concerned about vaccine side effects, more than a third admitted they didn’t understand how vaccines worked. Professor Hannelie Meyer, National Immunisation and Safety Expert Committee chairperson, said only around 20% of the South African population was currently fully vaccinated. The government has set a target of vaccinating 70% of the adult population by December.

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