Coronavirus Disease Vaccination Among Persons With Disabilities: Understanding Vaccine Perceptions and Hesitancy in Ghana

Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Shashidhar Belbase, Fred Adusei Nsowah, Kwame Yeboah, William Nketsia, Ahmed Mohamed, Elvis Agyei-Okyere, Michael Amponteng, Reuben Saah, Mohammed Safi

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The effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been felt globally and in all spheres of life. Developing vaccines was an important milestone in ensuring the protection of lives, but there are concerns about vaccine availability in sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. The living conditions of persons with disabilities, in particular, in SSA societies have been described as deplorable and unsustainable, and they are at risk of discrimination. Such persons appear to be already struggling to obtain other basic services, and the extent of vaccine accessibility to this population remains unknown. This study aimed to assess the perceptions of persons with disabilities in Ghana of COVID-19 vaccines. Between July 2021 and December 2021, 336 persons with disabilities (hearing, visual, and physical) were recruited from two regions in Ghana. The attitude toward the COVID-19 vaccination scale was adapted for this study. The results showed that persons with disabilities were ambivalent toward vaccination, and differences were observed between participant groups. The background variables found to influence attitude were age, place of residence, educational qualification, gender, and COVID-19 acquisition status. The study concludes with a clarion call to policymakers to expedite public education for persons with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-471
Number of pages20
JournalThe Linacre quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


  • COVID-19
  • Ghana
  • pandemic
  • persons with disabilities
  • vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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