Not all unvaccinated youth in South Africa are staunch anti-vaxxers, but some simply face huge stumbling blocks to getting stung, in the form of lack of transport, money and time.
This was revealed Friday by Dr. Busisiwe Kabana, from DG Marie Trust, at the launch of the youth vaccination program at Tshwane South TVET college.
The launch was attended by Health Minister Joe Phaahla and Deputy Higher Education Minister Bhuti Manamela.
“We’ve done a lot of research through UJ, and most of the young people aren’t staunch anti-vaxxers,” says Kabana.
“It comes down to the core of life, like not having time, money, or transportation. Going to the clinic and being pushed back and forth and sent back.”
According to Kabane, young people make up only 28.3% of those who are fully vaccinated.
The Ministry of Health has recently been working on getting young people vaccinated, targeting both the departments of primary and higher education.
Last week, Phaahla and his deputy, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, visited KwaMagxaki High School in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape, where Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine was administered to eligible students.
Phaahla said it was difficult to penetrate the hearts and minds of young people.
This is the cohort most exposed to social media and inundated with fake news and vaccine conspiracy theories.
According to the findings of research conducted by research firm Ipsos last year, with the support of the British Embassy in Podgorica and UNICEF, South Africa had the highest proportion of people (57%) who believe that information about the harmful effects of vaccines is deliberately disclosed to the public. stay hidden.
These are the findings of international research which was performed in 25 countries around the world.
Now that less than 30% of the country’s youth have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 pandemic, Phaahla said the department was working hard to get at least 60% of young people vaccinated by June.
“What we’re looking at, along with the World Health Organization and other partners, we have a target of saying we can be at 60% by the end of March and then by the end of June, internationally, we had the target even in the AU by June of this year.” we should have reached at least 70%,” said Phaahla.