Why South Africans are so reluctant to get vaccinated | COVID-19 Special

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In South Africa, the vaccine train brings inoculations to remote communities. The country is now administering one million doses every four days. The government says it has secured sufficient vaccines to vaccinate the entire adult population.

So supply is no longer a constraint. Yet, vaccine hesitancy is hindering inoculation in the country worst hit by the pandemic in Africa.

Some are afraid of side effects. Others are scared of the needle. Another recurring concern is whether the jab could impact anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV, of which South Africa has the world’s highest prevalence. Others are afraid it could affect the fertility of men and women.

Doctors say vaccine hesitancy in South Africa is threatening the entire vaccination drive.

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