According to a Afrobarometer survey, A majority of South Africans have said they are get vaccinated against coronavirus disease and almost half of them believe prayer is more effective against the virus.
1,600 south African respondents said they believed prayer and vaccines were equally effective in preventing coronavirus transmission, only a quarter of them believed vaccines are more effective than prayer.
South Africans living in high levels of poverty and those below the age of 35 are hesitancy is highest to get according to the survey .just 28%of those people who surveyed trust the government to ensure vaccine are safe.
At least a primary education half of the respondents with no schooling were more inclined to get vaccinated . People living in urban areas showed less willingness to get vaccinated than rural resident.
Less than 10% of the South African population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and the survey.
South Africans from survey consider well-informed about Covid-19 but do not trust the government to ensure the vaccines are safe.
South Africa has reported over 2.4 million Covid-19 infections and more than 70,000 deaths. over 7 million people have been at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, less than 3 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The survey, conducted in May and June, has a 2.5 % point margin of error, said Afrobarometer on Wednesday.
The Beta variant of coronavirus, first detected in South Africa, was behind the country’s disastrous second Covid wave.
Beta variant found that showed widespread antibody escape for those vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
According the study , the South African government to sell the doses of Covishield, a version of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, to African Union.