A Covid-19 vaccine survey by the iRIS Research Consortium has suggested that about 6 in 10 adult Ghanaians are likely or somewhat likely to receive the AstraZeneca vaccines.
This is equivalent to 56% of the overall sampled population for the survey, as opposed to some 25% who are undecided and 18% persons who are very unlikely or somewhat unlikely to accept vaccination.
Among other reasons, persons likely to receive vaccination believe the vaccine can protect them and their families, and also prevent them from getting the virus.
They argued that it is everyone’s responsibility to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The report covers only half of the total population needed to attain 70% herd immunity, yet, it suggests contrary claims against the notion that most people will not take the vaccine for they cannot prove its safety and effectiveness.
The larger percentage of people who are likely or somewhat likely to take the vaccine explained that they would only do so when the government makes the vaccines readily available and accessible.
It was found in the survey that generally, there was a positive attitude towards vaccination as 60% of the sampled population agreed to take the vaccine.
“Nonetheless, our survey results suggest that attaining the proverbial 70% herd immunity threshold in Ghana is only possible if the preventive vaccination programmes, which just commenced in-country, are combined with an enhanced and coordinated public education campaign,” the survey noted.
Per the survey, only 10.9 million persons are likely to take the vaccine, which means the potentially 10.81 million persons or 50% of the 21.75 million total population needed for herd immunity are undecided or will likely not take the vaccine.
Likelihood of taking the vaccine
Males were more likely to take the first and second jabs of the vaccine than females. The results obtained an eight (8) percentage point difference between males (60%) and females (52%).
- Education Attainment
Individuals with masters’ degree and above were more likely to get vaccinated against the virus (63%), followed by high school degree (54%), bachelor’s degree (51%), and junior high school and below (41%).
Persons above 55 years are said to be more likely to vaccinate (68%). This is followed by 46-55 year group (62%), 36-45 (54%), 26-35 (53%), and 15-25 (41%).
It is not surprising the older generation topped the age groups because they “have been identified as relatively more at risk of required hospitalization or dying if they contract COVID-19.”
- Regional breakdown (from highest to lowest)
The top five regions in the country that are more likely to benefit from the vaccination exercise include:
– Greater Accra (59%)
– Upper East (57%)
– Ashanti (56%)
– Western (53%)
– Eastern (52%)
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com