Facilitators and barriers to COVID-19 vaccine uptake among women in two regions of Ghana : A qualitative study

Afrifa-Anane, Grace Frempong and Larbi, Reuben Tete and Addo, Bright and Agyekum, Martin Wiredu and Kyei-Arthur, Frank and Appiah, Margaret and Agyemang, Clara Opoku and Sakada, Ignatius Great (2022) Facilitators and barriers to COVID-19 vaccine uptake among women in two regions of Ghana : A qualitative study. PLoS One, 17 (8): e0272876. ISSN 1932-6203

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Although COVID-19 vaccines are available, evidence suggests that several factors hinder or facilitate their use. Several studies have found gender differences in COVID-19 vaccine uptake, with women less likely to vaccinate than men in many countries, including Ghana. These studies, however, have primarily been quantitative. This study used a qualitative approach to examine the facilitators and barriers to vaccine uptake among women in Ghana. Using a cross-sectional descriptive qualitative research design, 30 women in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions of Ghana were conveniently sampled and interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide. Fifteen (15) interviews were conducted in each region. The data were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically using QSR NVivo version 10 software. Among the key factors that facilitate COVID-19 vaccination are the desire to protect oneself and family against COVID-19, education about COVID-19 vaccines, seeing others receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and vaccine being cost-free. On the other hand, long queues at the vaccination centres, fear of side effects, misconceptions about the vaccines, and shortage of vaccines were the main barriers against COVID-19 vaccination. The study results show that individual, institutional, and vaccine-related factors facilitate or hinder COVID-19 vaccination among women. Addressing these factors need continuous comprehensive health education, and ensuring vaccine availability at vaccination sites will improve women’s uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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