This study, seminal and ground-breaking in its breadth and depth, was conducted during October and November of 2021 and sought to understand and explore the reasons why vaccine hesitancy exists. Where respondents were hesitant, could anything change their minds and encourage them to become vaccinated? Importantly, the survey also sought the views of respondents concerning the vaccination of their children.
The countries surveyed were Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. In all countries, except for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, surveys were conducted face-to-face using an instrument that was designed by Caribbean Development Research Services Inc (CADRES) with the agreement of UNICEF and USAID.
CADRES relied on random stratified national samples ranging from 800 to 1,500 respondents, depending on the size of the country being surveyed. The primary strata were age and sex, with interviewers instructed to ensure that 40% of their respondents were parents (the Caribbean average), given that UNICEF is particularly interested in the attitudes of parents regarding vaccination. The main limitation of this survey is the fact that it is static and cannot speak to an evolving reality. In addition, the issue is controversial and interviewer concerns ranged from respondents not wanting to speak at all to
respondents speaking too much and exhausting them.
Published in collaboration with
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)