Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
2 minute read
13 Aug 2021
5:20 am

Hesitancy, conspiracies contribute to SA’s slow vaccination drive

Asanda Matlhare

Dr Jo Barnes, head of the department of global health at Stellenbosch University, said there was a large group who were unsure whether they wanted to get vaccinated as opposed to those who flatly refused.

Hesitancy and vaccination conspiracies may be to blame for the past week’s slow progress at vaccination sites. Premier of Gauteng David Makhura yesterday visited new vaccination sites in the City of Tshwane to monitor progress and expressed his concern about the low turnout the past week. “The last seven days were slow across the province; our numbers haven’t been doing as well as we wanted. We’ve established that men are not going to vaccination sites, 57% of the people vaccinated were women,” he said. Makhura added the department was worried about the Johannesburg and Tshwane over-60 cohort. “Just over 50%...