HIGH VACCINE DISTRUST: Most Namibians still unprotected against Covid-19 virus



18 February 2022

As of October-November 2021, only about one-quarter (27%) of adult Namibians say they have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (Figure 1).

o Another 27% say they are “somewhat likely” or “very likely” to try to get the vaccine.

o More than four in 10 (43%) say they are “somewhat unlikely” or “very unlikely” to try to get vaccinated.

§ Among those who don’t see themselves getting the jab, by far the most common reason (cited by 55% of respondents) is that they do not trust that the vaccine is safe and effective (Figure 2).

o One in 10 (10%) believe popular misconceptions about the vaccine causing infertility or COVID-19 or being used to track recipients. A further 10% are skeptical about the real extent of the risks associated with contracting COVID-19.

Afrobarometer surveys

Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan survey research network that provides reliable data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life. Eight survey rounds in up to 39 countries have been completed since 1999. Round 9 surveys (2021/2022) are currently underway. Afrobarometer’s national partners conduct face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice.

The Afrobarometer team in Namibia, led by national partner Survey Warehouse, interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,200 adult Namibians in October and November 2021. Previous surveys were conducted in Namibia in 1999, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2017, and 2019.