Media Influence on COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Uptake in Africa: Policy Brief   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Background: "The novel COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic is triggering unprecedented crises in human wellbeing and economies. It has also accelerated the development of vaccines that will prevent further spread of infection and will induce herd immunity in the long term. While COVID-19 nonpharmaceutical control measures such as social distancing, washing hands regularly and wearing masks have proven potential to curb the spread of the disease, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention for communicable infectious disease and will result in long-term prevention and control. [...] [T]he role of media in monitoring the perceptions and attitudes towards these vaccines is important. Both the content of information about COVID-19 vaccines and the process of its dissemination influence their acceptance. Vaccine hesitancy -- delay in the uptake or outright refusal of vaccines, despite the availability of vaccination services -- is a severe threat to global health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It presents a serious risk to those who refuse vaccination as well as to the wider community from potential viral strain mutation. As elsewhere, vaccine hesitancy is a critical issue in Africa, and it is connected to media influence. Only about 1% of all 1.3 million Africans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. [...] Vaccine hesitancy can be driven by both genuine concern and by polluted media content, especially on the benefits and safety of vaccines."

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