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Just 36% of All4Women readers are confident that they will take the Covid-19 when it’s available in SA.

Of those polled, 34.5% said that they wouldn’t go near it as they were worried about whether or not it had been well tested.

While 29% are still undecided, and will make their choice closer to the time.

First doses to arrive in SA on 1 February

On Wednesday, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed that the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines would arrive in Johannesburg on 1 February.

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The minister said that Phase one of the rollout would make use of three different methods of distribution including

  • work-based programmes
  • mobile teams
  • vaccination centres

The second and third phase would then be rolled out at a later stage.

South Africa has secured a million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and healthcare workers will be put at the top of the list to receive the first doses.

The debate over the vaccine continues to rage

While some are angry that the SA government has not managed to secure a reliable, affordable supply fast enough, others are still questioning the vaccine’s efficacy.

A larger survey, conducted by the University of Johannesburg, in partnership with the Human Sciences Research Council, revealed that around 67% of South Africans would take the vaccine when it becomes available. Of those surveyed, 18% said they would definitely not take it.

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“Findings were weighted by race, education and age, and are broadly representative of the population at large. The questionnaire was available in the country’s six most widely spoken languages,” said UJ in a statement.

Those who said they would be taking it said they would do it in order to protect themselves and others.

Only 10% of those who would not take it referred to conspiracy theories.

Other key findings from the research found:

  • 69% of black African adults would definitely or probably take the vaccine
  • 55% of white adults would definitely or probably take the vaccine
  • 72% of adults with less than matric level education would definitely or probably take the vaccine
  • 59% of adults with a tertiary education would take it

The survey also looked at people’s acceptance of the vaccine in terms of their voting intention.

Survey results from UJ

 

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