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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy rates are up to 88% among adolescents in some sub-Saharan African countries, often because of concerns over safety and efficacy


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Article Title: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and its determinants among sub-Saharan African adolescent


Image Caption: Conceptual framework for COVID-19 hesitancy among adolescents based on the health belief model.


Image Credit: Wang et al., 2022, PLOS Global Public Health, CC-BY 4.0 (


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Author Countries: USA, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, South Africa


Funding: This work was supported by institutional support from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA (WWF), Harvard University Center for African Studies, Boston, MA (WWF), Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Germany (TB), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC (ERS). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.


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