Examining drivers of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Ghana
top-level findings to share
- willingness to vaccinate dropped from 82% in March, to 71% in June 2021
- Therefore, to phrase another way, there was an observed and significant increase in hesitancy, from 18% to 29% across this time period.
- 32% of respondents reported that they had recently seen or heard stories about the indecision surrounding the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine rollout in Europe and North America. Of this 32% subgroup, 62.0% of them indicated that these stories made them feel worried about accepting the COVID-19 vaccine in the future.
- our main predictors of hesitancy continue to include: i) education (more educated people were more likely to be hesitant; one hypothesis is perhaps more likely to have greater access to the internet and thus availability of misinformation via social media); ii) females more hesitant than males; and iii) political allegiance (voting for the opposition parties was greater predictor of hesitancy).
We hope that this information can be helpful with informing the health promotion efforts from the GHS, Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.