Ugandans willing to be vaccinated despite doubts about vaccine safety, Afrobarometer study shows

Health

Almost three-fourths of Ugandans say they are likely to try to get vaccinated against COVID- 19 if a vaccine becomes available and the government says it is safe, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

However, only about half trust the government to ensure that any COVID-19 vaccine is safe before it is used in this country. A quarter of Ugandans believe prayer is more effective than a vaccine would be in preventing COVID-19 infection.

These findings speak to the observed low uptake of the current COVID-19 vaccination program. According to World Health Organization statistics, 672,395 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Uganda as of 2 June 2021. If mass vaccination is to succeed, stakeholders will have to work to increase public confidence in the available vaccines.