Sumary of Ghana: Survey Shows Rise in Vaccine Hesitancy in Ghana:
- As of 13 July 2021, Our World in Data report that only 2.95% of the African population had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- However, with the highly transmissible Delta variant now known to be present in Ghana, the vaccine rollout is arguably more important than ever.
- In 2019, before the pandemic, the World Health Organisation described vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten greatest threats to global health.
- The general public know the impact on quality of life of existing vaccine-preventable diseases like polio.
- But the strength of Ghana’s infrastructure and health workforce is up against widespread misinformation about this novel pathogen.
- But in other research covering African nations, there is a mixed set of findings regarding education status.
- Considering the results across Ghana and Togo, there is a clear need for strong health promotion ahead of any future arrivals of vaccine doses.
- It is difficult to push good public health messages through the noise of uncertainty, misinformation, and outright conspiracy theories.