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dc.contributor.authorEngelbrecht, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorHeunis, Christo
dc.contributor.authorKigozi, Gladys
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-22T10:34:12Z
dc.date.available2022-08-22T10:34:12Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19116694
dc.identifier.citationEngelbrecht, M., Heunis, C., & Kigozi, G. (2022). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Africa: lessons for future pandemics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 6694. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19116694en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1660-4601
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/11850
dc.description.abstractVaccine hesitancy, long considered a global health threat, poses a major barrier to effective roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination. With less than half (45%) of adult South Africans currently fully vaccinated, we identified factors affecting non-uptake of vaccination and vaccine hesitancy in order to identify key groups to be targeted when embarking upon COVID-19 vaccine promotion campaigns. A cross-sectional, anonymous online survey was undertaken among the South African adult population in September 2021. Our research identified race, interactive–critical vaccine literacy, trust in the government’s ability to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination programme, flu vaccination status and risk perception for COVID-19 infection as key factors influencing the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination. Respondents who did not trust in the government’s ability to roll out vaccination were almost 13 times more likely to be vaccine-hesitant compared to those respondents who did trust the government. Reliable, easy-to-understand information regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines is needed, but it is also important that vaccination promotion and communication strategies include broader trust-building measures to enhance South Africans’ trust in the government’s ability to roll out vaccination effectively and safely. This may also be the case in other countries where distrust in governments’ ability prevails.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherMDPIen_ZA
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_ZA
dc.subjectVaccine hesitancyen_ZA
dc.subjectVaccine literacyen_ZA
dc.subjectHealth literacyen_ZA
dc.subjectHealth behaviouren_ZA
dc.subjectRisk factorsen_ZA
dc.titleCOVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Africa: lessons for future pandemicsen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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