South Africa is making headway with the adult COVID-19 vaccinations. Deputy Minister in the Presidency Pinky Kekana says that the country is making it to the halfway mark for adult COVID-19 jabs.
Halfway mark is almost reached but the goal is nowhere near being achieved
While this is a step in the right direction, South Africa is not anywhere close to the 70% of vaccinations the Government was hoping to be at by this stage. On Thursday, 26 May, Kekana was part of a webinar on Government research into COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
Kekana said that research found that vaccine hesitancy is at 25%, which has dropped by 3%.
“The recent research study in partnership with the Government found that vaccine hesitancy is at 25%. While this is down from 28% in the previous year, it is still high,”said Kekana.
Why are people hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Kekana said that the 25% is despite evidence of the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. Kekana further revealed that medical jargon and technical language are a large cause of people being hesitant to get the jab.
“Some of the major reasons emerging from the study shows us that technical language, medical jargon causes people to ignore the information. But on the other hand, people also don’t trust some of the government’s communication,”said Kekana.
Knowledge about vaccines, political trust and generational differences are the top three reasons for vaccine hesitancy in South Africa, reports EWN.
COVID-19: SA records 3801 cases and 16 deaths – 14,9% positivity
South Africa recorded 3801 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 26 May, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 25 500 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 14,9 percent.
The 3801 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Thursday bring the total number of active cases in the country to 50 253. Sixteen people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD.
The National Department of Health added 49 deaths, including the aforementioned 16, bringing the death toll to 101 092.
There were 112 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the past 24 hours. The 262 private and 408 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 3202 patients admitted. Read the full story here.