The Africa Centre For Disease Control CDCS says a survey has revealed that two third of African Citizens will accept the Covid19 vaccines.
The survey carried out by the Partnership For Evidence Based Response to Covid19 Consortium.
According to the Centre, the Survey was carried out in 19 African Countries with 91 % of the people sampled in Morocco mostly interested in receiving the vaccines while Tunisia and Cameroon had the lowest number of People at 35 %
However, the level of Acceptability in other countries are South Africa 61%,Zimbabwe 61%,Nigeria 72%,Zambia 53%,Mozambique 75%,Egypt 78%,Kenya 59% and the Democratic Republic of Congo 52%.
Nigeria’s Country Representatives of Resolve to Save Lives, Doctor Emmanuel Agogo outlined the reasons for vaccine hesitancy identified in the research.
Doctor Agogo called on the Media to take responsibility for enlightening the audiences noting that Journalists can inform and increase public confidence in vaccines.
The Country Representatives further encouraged journalists not to be sensational in reporting on vaccines since many myths are perpetuated, emphasized the need for the media to disseminate reliable and accurate information.
In a Presentation, the Africa CDC recommended that African Countries should continue to rollout the vaccines.
This was revealed during a Webinar organised by Africa CDC,Public Strategy Firm ,Gatefield ,and Global Health Advocacy lncubator,to engage journalists on the issues of the vaccines outweigh its risks.
An Expert Panel of journalists including Hopewell Chinono,an award winning investigative journalists from Zimbabwe,Doctor Laz Ude Exe,AIT Television Host,Tanya Garber,Senior Science Reporter,Sunday Times,Vuyo Mkize,Health Writer,City Press and Elizabeth Merab,Health and Science Jounslist ,Nation Media Group,shared their experiences covering vaccines at the event and advocated for more responsible reporting on the subject.