Drivers of Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Southern Nigeria
Hesitancy against the Covid-19 vaccines
cuts across all nations of the world, but this may not be unconnected to the trolls
of misinformation and politicization surrounding the Covid-19 science. Findings
from this study reveal that 84.7% of the study population lacks adequate information
about the Covid-19 vaccines. 50% of the study population is skeptical about the
safety of the Covid-19 vaccines. 100% of the study participants make use of the
internet and other social media platforms for their sources of news information.
55.3% of the study population would follow the advice of their healthcare workers
pertaining to the Covid-19 vaccines. 26.7% of the study population would listen
to instructions given by their parents pertaining to the Covid-19 vaccines, while
20.7% of the study population would follow the guidance of their religious leaders
respectively. Thus, the main drivers of Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in Southern Nigeria
are a lack of correct information about the Covid-19 vaccines, misinformation on
social media platforms, resistance from religious leaders and parents, and a lack
of support for the Covid-19 vaccine uptake on the part of healthcare workers. It
is, therefore, imperative that in order to overcome the present challenge, the population
of Southern Nigeria should be educated on Covid-19 related subjects and engaged
with health promotion initiatives. While accepting the Covid-19 vaccines by the
hesitant populations in Southern Nigeria is largely dependent upon the attitudes
and influences of religious leaders, parents, and healthcare workers, a much larger
study is required to fully establish the ramifications of these important findings.
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