Kenyans positive towards COVID-19 vaccine despite misinformation: survey

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NAIROBI, March 30 (Xinhua) — The majority of Kenyan citizens have a positive attitude towards the COVID-19 vaccine despite misinformation about its safety and efficacy, said a survey that was launched in the capital, Nairobi on Tuesday.

The survey which was carried out by non-profit group, Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF) said that 39 percent of 1,525 respondents had faith in the vaccine as opposed to 16 percent who expressed skepticism towards the jab.

“From the analysis, 39 percent of participants indicated that the arrival of the vaccine is a good thing that will help to stop the virus and 24 percent suggested that more people need to be vaccinated across the country,” said the survey that covered 44 counties.

It said that seven percent of respondents were concerned about the vaccine’s side effects while 4.1 percent said that senior government officials should take the lead in the inoculation against coronavirus.

“Some participants also said that there is a need to educate the public on the vaccine,” said the survey, adding that 66 percent of respondents were youth aged 18 to 35 years while 60 percent were women.

Kenya’s ministry of health on March 4 kicked off COVID-19 vaccination campaign targeting frontline healthcare workers, teachers and security personnel.

The east African nation had earlier received 1.02 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine procured under the COVAX facility to inoculate high-risk groups and boost efforts to contain the virus.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 26 joined senior government officials to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and encouraged Kenyans to participate in the exercise.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that more than 60,000 Kenyans have so far received COVID-19 jabs as attention shifts to the elderly citizens aged 58 years and above due to their higher vulnerability to the virus.

The survey on citizens’ attitudes towards the virus which was carried out from March 18 to 21 added that respondents were unequivocal on the need to give priority to vulnerable demographics including the elderly and marginalized. Enditem

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