Namibians worried about COVID-19 impacts but believe prayer is more effective than vaccines, Afrobarometer survey finds

Health

Nearly all adult Namibians are worried about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their households, the country, and the future of their children, according to a telephone survey by Afrobarometer.

But a majority of citizens have concerns about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and believe that prayer is more effective than vaccines in preventing COVID-19

infection. Only about half say they are likely to try to get vaccinated.

The survey, conducted last December-February, is Afrobarometer’s first under its “AB Calling” telephone survey label.

With 54,659 COVID-19 cases and 817 deaths as of 1 June 2021 reported by the Namibia Statistics Agency, the country is facing its biggest health crisis since the start of the pandemic. About 76,500 vaccine doses have been administered, according to the World Health Organisation. Slow vaccine uptake is of great concern with a third wave of infections looming large during this winter period.