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dc.contributor.authorEngelbrecht, Michelle C.
dc.contributor.authorKigozi, N. Gladys
dc.contributor.authorHeunis, J. Christo
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-22T09:46:36Z
dc.date.available2022-08-22T09:46:36Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10060865
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dc.identifier.citationEngelbrecht, M.C., Kigozi, N.G., & Heunis, J.C. (2022). Factors associated with limited vaccine literacy: lessons learnt from COVID-19. Vaccines, 10, 865. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10060865en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2076-393X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/11845
dc.description.abstractCompared to many other developed countries, South Africa has a lower uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations. Although not widely researched, there is evidence that vaccine literacy (VL) is positively associated with vaccination uptake. Therefore, this study aimed to assess levels of VL among the adult population in South Africa, as well as to identify factors associated with limited VL. A cross-sectional, anonymous online survey was conducted during September 2021. The survey, which included the standardized Health Literacy about Vaccination in adulthood (HLVa) Scale, was widely advertised, yielding a total of 10,466 respondents. The average scores for the two HLVa sub-scales were relatively high: functional (M = 2.841, SD 0.799) and interactive-critical (M = 3.331, SD 0.559) VL. A proposed ‘limited’ VL score (score value ≤ 2.50) was observed in 40% of respondents for functional literacy and 8.2% of respondents for interactive-critical literacy. The main factors associated with limited VL included lower levels of education, lower socio-economic status, not being vaccinated against COVID-19, self-identifying as Black/African or Colored (i.e., people of mixed ethnic descent), having poorer health, and being a woman. The significant association between VL and vaccination uptake provides an impetus for policy makers such as the South African Department of Health to promote VL in the attempt to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherMDPIen_ZA
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_ZA
dc.subjectVaccine literacyen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth Africaen_ZA
dc.titleFactors associated with limited vaccine literacy: lessons learnt from COVID-19en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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