HESITANCY IN COVID-19 VACCINE UPTAKE IN UGANDA: Understanding Community Perceptions in Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso Districts
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This study is informed by two theories; first ‘The Human Rights-Based Approach to health’ which requires states to respect, protect and fulfill the right to health, and second, ‘The 5C Model of the drivers of vaccine hesitancy’ – ‘confidence’, ‘complacency’, ‘constraints’, ‘calculation’, and ‘collective responsibility’ – to investigate the reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in communities in Uganda.
The study was conducted in Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts in Central Uganda, with Kampala being the capital city of the country. It utilizes qualitative methods to explore people’s perceptions on COVID-19 vaccine behavior as experienced or observed within their communities. Data was obtained using in-depth interviews with five purposively selected respondents; one focus group discussion (FGD) with expert informants; one validation meeting, and from official documents and online resources.