On Tuesday, November 29, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development/Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC), in collaboration with UNICEF and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, launched a second report on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy for five Eastern Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
This second study is a follow-up to a previous study conducted in late 2021.
The 2022 study was primarily intended to track the issue of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, with a central focus on vaccine uptake and the impact of strategies designed to enhance it.
While the 2021 study sought to understand the public’s perception on COVID-19 and other vaccines, the 2022 study sought to understand whether there continued to be an interest in COVID-19 vaccination and if the broader vaccination environment had impacted attitudes towards immunizations for other diseases.
U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda Taglialatela noted, “the survey results will provide an understanding of the main barriers preventing the region from reaching our milestone of 70 percent vaccination coverage and inform where we need to redouble our efforts.”
Of the general findings in the 2022 study, it...