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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Zambia: a glimpse at the possible challenges ahead for COVID-19 vaccination rollout in sub-Saharan Africa.
Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022 12 31; 18(1):1-6.HV

Abstract

With unprecedented speed, multiple vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are available 1 year after the COVID-19 pandemic was first identified. As we push to achieve global control through these new vaccines, old challenges present themselves, including cold-chain storage, the logistics of mass vaccination, and vaccine hesitancy. Understanding how much hesitancy toward COVID-19 vaccines might occur and what factors may be driving these concerns can improve the ability of public health workers and communicators to maximize vaccine uptake. We nested a survey within a measles-rubella mass vaccination campaign in Zambia in November 2020 and asked about sentiments and beliefs toward COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines. Among parents bringing their children to receive a measles-rubella vaccine, we found high acceptability of COVID-19 vaccination of their children, but substantial uncertainty and hesitancy about receiving the vaccine themselves. COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy was correlated with beliefs around COVID-19 severity and risk, as well as vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of International Health, International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.Department of International Health, International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.Department of International Health, International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Laboratory Science, Macha Research Trust, Choma, Zambia.Department of Immunology, Tropical Diseases Research Center, Ndola, Zambia.Ministry of the Health, Government of the Republic of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia.Laboratory Science, Macha Research Trust, Choma, Zambia.Laboratory Science, Macha Research Trust, Choma, Zambia.Department of Immunology, Tropical Diseases Research Center, Ndola, Zambia.Laboratory Science, Macha Research Trust, Choma, Zambia.Laboratory Science, Macha Research Trust, Choma, Zambia.Department of Immunology, Tropical Diseases Research Center, Ndola, Zambia.Laboratory Science, Macha Research Trust, Choma, Zambia.Department of Immunology, Tropical Diseases Research Center, Ndola, Zambia.Department of International Health, International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.Department of International Health, International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. W Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.Department of International Health, International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34227914

Citation

Carcelen, Andrea C., et al. "COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Zambia: a Glimpse at the Possible Challenges Ahead for COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in sub-Saharan Africa." Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, vol. 18, no. 1, 2022, pp. 1-6.
Carcelen AC, Prosperi C, Mutembo S, et al. COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Zambia: a glimpse at the possible challenges ahead for COVID-19 vaccination rollout in sub-Saharan Africa. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022;18(1):1-6.
Carcelen, A. C., Prosperi, C., Mutembo, S., Chongwe, G., Mwansa, F. D., Ndubani, P., Simulundu, E., Chilumba, I., Musukwa, G., Thuma, P., Kapungu, K., Hamahuwa, M., Mutale, I., Winter, A., Moss, W. J., & Truelove, S. A. (2022). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Zambia: a glimpse at the possible challenges ahead for COVID-19 vaccination rollout in sub-Saharan Africa. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 18(1), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2021.1948784
Carcelen AC, et al. COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Zambia: a Glimpse at the Possible Challenges Ahead for COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in sub-Saharan Africa. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022 12 31;18(1):1-6. PubMed PMID: 34227914.
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