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Zimbabweans Approve Of Government’s COVID-19 Response, But Say Relief Assistance Was Distributed Unfairly

A health worker screens and sanitises visitors to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe

By Newsdesk 



Most Zimbabweans approve of the government’s overall management of the COVID-19 pandemic, although few report receiving pandemic-related assistance and a majority believe that assistance was distributed unfairly, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.



More than one-third of adults report that their household lost a primary source of income during the pandemic, but far fewer say they benefited from government assistance.



While most citizens say they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, about one in seven say they are unlikely to try to get vaccinated.



Key findings


â–Ş Almost two in 10 Zimbabweans (18%) say a member of their household became ill with COVID-19 or tested positive for the virus. Twice as many (38%) say someone in their household lost a job, business, or primary source of income due to the pandemic.



. More than seven in 10 citizens (72%) say have been vaccinated against COVID-19.



One in 10 say they are “somewhat likely” (5%) or “very likely” (5%) to get vaccinated, while one in seven say it’s “somewhat unlikely” (4%) or “very unlikely” (11%) that they will try to get vaccinated.



â–Ş Vaccine-hesitant respondents cite a wide variety of reasons they are unlikely to get vaccinated, most commonly related to mistrust of available vaccines.




▪ Three-fourths (75%) of citizens say the government has done “fairly well” or “very well” in managing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.




â–Ş Zimbabweans overwhelmingly (92%) report that they did not receive COVID-19 relief assistance from the government (Figure 5).




▪ Two-thirds (67%) of citizens say that the distribution of government support to citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic was “somewhat unfair” or “very unfair”


Robert Tapfumaneyi