Reitumetse Makwea
3 minute read
30 Mar 2022
10:17 pm

Experts attribute vaccine hesitancy to the government’s poor communication

Reitumetse Makwea

Researcher has since recommended government to resort to a communications approach with humanitarian overtones, first rather than a security-driven approach.

Minister Phaahla receives COVID-19 Vaccine at George Mukhari Hospital (Photo by Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu)

Government’s poor communication during Covid has been one of the biggest drivers of vaccine hesitancy in SA which, according to experts, has proven the lack of trust and confidence in government, with the national department of health disposing of more than 90 000 expired Pfizer vaccines on Thursday as a result. During a Covid communication campaigns workshop, the head of the public health and nursing school at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Prof Mosa Moshabela, said although government was preparing borders, regulations, and lockdowns, they failed to communicate with the public, which has been a trend ever since. “In an emergency,...