For much of the pandemic, West African countries have lacked the vaccines needed to protect their populations against COVID-19. But now that enough supply is available, there are still very few people choosing to get vaccinated. Reporting from Sierra Leone and Ghana, Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman spoke to residents and health workers administering the vaccines about the challenges, including disinformation and fear spread through social media and some religious leaders.
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This is the first in a two-part series; the second segment discusses new strategies that are being employed in Sierra Leone and Ghana to make sure people get vaccinated.