We should have locked down education before we locked up South Africa

Until there is a coordinated campaign to educate the public about vaccines, hesitancy will remain

There is even a fancy term for it: vaccine hesitancy. Simply put, it means a reluctance to be vaccinated even when vaccines are available to you. How serious is this problem in SA? In an Ipsos poll in September, only 64% of citizens indicated they would take the vaccine when it is available. However, in the more recent Edelman Trust Barometer 2021, a mere 49% said they would be willing to vaccinate, of which 27% said they would only take the vaccine after six months to a year; that is second lowest after Russia in a survey of 28 countries, with the other two Brics nations the top performers when it comes to willingness to take the life-saving jab — Brazil at 76% and India at 80%...

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