Pinky Kekana: SA nearing halfway mark for adult COVID jabs despite hesitancy

She led a webinar on government research into COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy on Thursday.

Pinky Kekana. Picture: Twitter.com/Pinky_Kekana1

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Minister in the Presidency Pinky Kekana says vaccine hesitancy is preventing the country from focusing on economic recovery.

She led a webinar on government research into COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy on Thursday.

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She said: “Vaccine hesitancy across the world is neither new or unique to COVID-19 vaccines and South Africa is no exception with it being a developing phenomenal in the country.”

Despite hesitancy still being an obstacle, Kekana's indicated South Africa's nearing the halfway mark for adult vaccinations.

“This is nowhere near the 70% of our population being fully vaccinated that we estimated we would be by this stage. At 49.86%, it is anticipated that the country should achieve the 50% within the next few days.”