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Can good old-fashioned TV and radio spread the word about ...


Vaccine hesitancy

Can good old-fashioned TV and radio spread the word about vaccines?

A new SA report says yes, but other studies say social media is key

Senior science reporter

Steve Filson (not his real name) is a millennial living in the City Bowl in Cape Town.

He does not want to be vaccinated “just yet” and when asked by Sunday Times Daily where he gets his information about vaccines, he says: “I’ve never thought about it too much, to be honest. I guess it’s the same place I get other info — a bit from here, a bit from there.”

When asked if social media had fuelled or dampened his hesitancy to get a vaccine, he said: “I scroll through my feeds. But now that you’re asking me, I can’t say if I am getting actual information from there or just what other people in my community are saying and thinking.”..

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