African Center for Disease Control, CDC has disclosed that two-thirds of Africans will accept to be vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19.

According to CDC, it arrived at these statistics after an evidence-based response to Covid-19, PERC survey was conducted across the continent stating that two-thirds of citizens interviewed expressed willingness to accept COVID-19 vaccines.

The survey was revealed while hosting a webinar meeting for journalists across the continent by the African Centre for Diseases Control, public strategy firm, Gatefield, and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, to engage journalists on the issue of COVID-19 vaccines safety, effectiveness, and distribution.

The centre explained that there was various sentiment towards the vaccine noting that journalists have a role to ensure acceptance of the vaccine across Africa.

‘‘In the 19 member countries surveyed, 91% of the people surveyed in Morocco were most interested in receiving the vaccines while Tunisia and Cameroon had the lowest number of people, at 35%. The report disclosed levels of acceptability in other countries as follows; South Africa 61%, Zimbabwe 61%, Zambia 53%, Mozambique 75%, Egypt 78%, and the Democratic Republic of Congo 52%’’

Also speaking, the Nigeria Country Representative of Resolve to Save Lives, Dr Emmanuel Agogo, outlined the reasons for vaccine hesitancy identified in the research.

He urged the media to take responsibility for enlightening audiences adding that Journalists can inform and increase public confidence in the vaccine.

He further encouraged journalists not to be sensational in reporting on vaccines since many myths are perpetuated, they should instead distribute reliable and accurate information.

“Journalists should do research, check the facts and use trusted sources of information,” he stated.

In the presentation, the Africa CDC recommended that African countries should continue the rollout of the vaccine.

An expert panel of journalists including Hopewell Chin’ono, an award-winning investigative journalist from Zimbabwe; Dr Laz Ude Eze, AIT television host; Tanya Farber, senior science reporter, Sunday Times; Vuyo Mkize, health writer, City Press; and Elizabeth Merab, health and science journalist, Nation Media Group, shared their experiences covering vaccines at the event and advocated for more responsible reporting on the subject.

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