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Research finds that the COVID-19 vaccination programme discriminates against the poor

Covid VacHesitancy about COVID-19 vaccinations is being fuelled by a perceived lack of information from the government and the electronic system used to register for the vaccination.

These were some of the findings of a community action research project at an informal settlement in the south of Johannesburg.

Professor Kate Alexander, the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) led the community action research project in Protea South in collaboration with the Community Organising Working Group of the C19 People’s Coalition (COWG).

Prof Alexander explained that impoverished people do not have money to travel to get vaccinated and underlines the way that social inequality discriminates against poor people in their access to vaccines.

Read the First report: 17 to 31 May 2021 of the UJ Social Change Vaccine Rollout Project.

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