Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
26 Jan 2021
5:27 pm

Educated, white South Africans less likely to take Covid-19 vaccine – survey

Rorisang Kgosana

The most common reasons stated for rejecting the vaccine were supposed side effects, questions over its effectiveness, and uncertainty about testing.

File picture. Homeless men and shelter staffers wait in an observation room after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at The Open Hearth mens shelter in Hartford, Connecticut on 22 January 2021. Picture: Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Political affiliation and distrust of the government have been raised as potential reasons why white, educated South Africans are unwilling to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, while their black counterparts are much more keen on getting the jab. 67% of adult South Africans have indicated they they would definitely or probably take the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the latest round of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Human Sciences Research Council's (HSRC's) Covid-19 Democracy Survey. This amounts to two out of three adults being willing to take the anticipated vaccine. The findings, which surveyed more than 10,000 respondents between December 2020...