Coronavirus (1269) Africa CDC: COVID-19 Vaccine Perceptions - A 15-country study

12 May, 2021

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The aim of this study is to investigate public knowledge and perceptions of both the COVID-19 pandemic itself and COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among adults (aged 18 years and above) in 15 African countries. This study will help identify knowledge gaps, beliefs and attitudes that can help inform Africa CDC as well as other immunization stakeholders in their strategies for supporting the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines in the continent.

Willingness to accept a COVID-19 vaccine was highly variable across the African countries surveyed, with significant regional differences

Intent to accept a COVID-19 vaccine ranges from higher acceptance reported in Ethiopia and Niger to the lowest willingness reported in Senegal and DRC.

In certain countries surveyed, such as Ethiopia, respondents reported feeling more informed. Perhaps linked to this, they express more confidence in the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

Over half of people surveyed across the 15 countries consider themselves either not very well or not at all informed about vaccine development.

Demographically, those who are more skeptical towards COVID-19 vaccines tend to be young people, those who are unemployed, or those living in cities

Nearly 2-in-3 (64%) respondents mention TV as one of their most trusted sources for information about COVID-19, followed by radio (51%), online sources (41%), health bodies (23%) and government sources (18%). This varies considerably by country, with the Western region citing radio as the most trusted information source(61%).

Online channels, particularly social media, tend to be the most trusted source among hesitant groups

Almost 1-in-2 respondents believe that COVID-19 is a planned event by foreign actors. Most countries report seeing stories on China, Senegal (62%) and Sudan (49%) are most likely report exposure to stories linking U.S. to the cause of the virus than in other countries surveyed (35% overall).


Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,