Dr Emmanuel Agogo, the country representative of Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) initiative, says the media, as providers of information, has a vital role in the addressing COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy.
Agogo made this known while participating in a Webinar with journalists in Africa organised by the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in partnership with public strategy firm, Gatefield and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the CDC released a Response to COVID-19 (PERC) survey conducted across the continent.
In the survey, the CDC, said two-thirds of citizens interviewed expressed willingness to accept the COVID-19 vaccines.
Agogo outlined the reasons for vaccine hesitancy identified in the research.
He also urged the media to take responsibility for enlightening audiences.
”Journalists should not engage in sensational 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.”
The fight against rumours and misinformation, he said, is a vital part of the battle against the virus.
NAN reports that the CDC in said 13 African countries have so far received 8,698,960 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
This is part of the total of 30,954,000 pledged to countries under the COVAX-facilitated COVID-19 vaccines acquisition.
According to an overview on COVAX vaccine, the Africa CDC’s Deputy Director, Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, only 13 African countries have so far received the COVID-19 vaccines supplied by COVAX
NAN reports that journalists on panel include, Hopewell Chin’ono, an award winning investigative journalist from Zimbabwe; Dr Laz 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. (NAN)