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Practical considerations for COVID-19 vaccination in Africa

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Learning Objectives

After watching this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Outline the benefits and risks associated with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Identify reasons for low COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Africa
  • Discuss approaches to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake, with a focus on the role of healthcare workers

In this activity, experts in infectious diseases respond to questions from the primary care, respiratory and infectious diseases communities on the benefits and risks of COVID-19 vaccination, the reasons for low vaccine uptake, and how healthcare workers can help to improve acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This activity is jointly provided by USF Health and touchIME. read more

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of infectious disease specialists, respiratory disease specialists and primary care physicians involved in the management of COVID-19 infection.


USF Health adheres to the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. All individuals in a position to influence content have disclosed to USF Health any financial relationship with an ineligible organization. USF Health has reviewed and mitigated all relevant financial relationships related to the content of the activity. The relevant relationships are listed below. All individuals not listed have no relevant financial relationships.


Dr John Amuasi discloses: Grants/research support from Sanofi.

Dr Christina Obiero has no interests/relationships or affiliations to disclose in relation to this activity.

Content reviewer

Sally F. Alrabaa, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Touch Medical Directors

Sola Neunie and Samantha Waite have no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

USF Health Office of Continuing Professional Development and touchIME staff have no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

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In order to receive credit for this activity, participants must review the content and complete the post-test and evaluation form. Statements of credit are awarded upon successful completion of the post-test and evaluation form.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through a joint providership of USF Health and touchIME. USF Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Date of original release: 11 May 2023. Date credits expire: 11 May 2024.

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Practical considerations for COVID-19 vaccination in Africa
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Question 1/4
A visitor to your clinic has told you they have not received the COVID-19 vaccine yet, as they do not feel there is enough evidence for its safety. What will you tell them about the available safety data?

Adverse events are common but mostly mild following COVID-19 vaccination.1–3 The most commonly reported adverse events are headache, pyrexia and injection-site reactions, as expected with vaccines given via injection.3 However, serious adverse events are infrequently reported.1,2,4 Studies from countries in Africa reported serious adverse events in <1.5% of vaccinated people.1,2,4  


  1. Osibogun AO, et al. Niger Postgrad Med J. 2023;30:18–24.
  2. Takuva S, et al. PLoS Med. 2022;19:e1004024.
  3. Ogar CK, et al. Drug Saf. 2023;doi:10.1007/s40264-023-01279-3.
  4. Wu Q, et al. BMC Med. 2021;19:173.
Question 2/4
You are a HCW who has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, but who has already been infected with the virus. You are considering being vaccinated but are unsure whether you need it. Which of the following are among the reasons why HCWs in a similar situation should be vaccinated?

HCW, healthcare worker.

HCWs play important roles in improving confidence in COVID-19 vaccination; however, some remain hesitant to receive the vaccine. HCWs are seen as leaders in society and as trusted, expert and reliable sources of information.1,2 Encouraging HCW vaccination is important to promote vaccine uptake; hesitant HCWs are unlikely to recommend the vaccine.2 In addition, vaccination acceptance and uptake across the entire population are important to limit the spread of the virus.3


HCW, healthcare worker.


  1. Peterson CJ, et al. Vaccines (Basel). 2022;10:948.
  2. Biswas N, et al. J Community Health. 2021;46:1244–51.
  3. Omer SB, et al. Lancet. 2021;398:2186–92.
Question 3/4
What strategies can be used by HCWs to address misinformation and improve public understanding of COVID-19 vaccination?

HCW, healthcare worker.

Misinformation, particularly from social media, can impact vaccine perception and reduce acceptance.1 A clear message is important to disseminate information through meaningful engagement.2 HCWs should engage with the community to promote information that is attuned to specific needs.3  Using HCWs with links to the community, who can speak the local language, can improve relationships and vaccine uptake.3


HCW, healthcare worker.


  1. Carcelen AC, et al. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022;18:1–6.
  2. Collins J, et al. BMJ Global Health. 2021;6:e006951.
  3. Omer SB, et al. Lancet. 2021;398:2186–92.
Question 4/4
You work in a clinic in a town where many people are still unvaccinated. The community often discusses and shares information on the COVID-19 vaccine that they have read on global social media platforms; however, they often inadvertently share misinformation. How would you direct them to more useful and accurate information?

HCW, healthcare worker.

Tailoring delivery strategies is important to target groups and improve vaccine uptake.1 Misinformation remains a common reason for low vaccine uptake, and people share it, even with good intentions.2,3 Understanding the networks that disseminate misinformation is important to tackling the spread. Social media campaigns can be an effective way to share accurate information.1,2 Communication should continue through traditional methods such as from HCWs to maximize reach.2


  1. Collins J, et al. BMJ Global Health. 2021;6:e006951.
  2. Carcelen AC, et al. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022;18:1–6.
  3. Gabarron E, et al. Bull World Health Organ. 2021;99:455–63A.
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