Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
23 Apr 2022
6:30 am

Vaccine hesitancy becoming more entrenched among unvaxxed

Brian Sokutu

Study finds that attitudes towards vaccination were becoming entrenched, with the majority of people polled not intending to get vaccinated.

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With leading epidemiologist Dr Jo Barnes on Friday warning about the adverse impact of long Covid, a new study by the University of Cape Town (UCT) has found that vaccine hesitancy was becoming entrenched among a sample of unvaccinated South Africans, with few believing that the vaccine was needed or that it was effective. Barnes said long Covid was “another area of concern, as many of those who are permanently or seriously affected, will need rehabilitation or long-term care”. “Public health facilities were under-provided before the pandemic began – so many of those sufferers may be left without adequate treatment,”...