Haiti 2021 Covid-19 Survey

Covid-19 Survey Introduction
In May 2020, two months after the first cases of COVID-19 officially emerged in Haiti, Safitek Research conducted a survey to assess the attitudes, perceptions, and level of understanding of the Haitian population vis-à-vis this pandemic.

Almost a year later, we have repeated the survey. This time, we paid particular attention to the issue of vaccine acceptance given the emergence of several vaccines in the last year. In the first part of our survey report, we present our findings regarding vaccine acceptance in the population.
In the second part of the report, we compare results from last year's and this year's surveys in order to understand whether and how attitudes have evolved vis-à-vis the pandemic.
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Survey Execution
Safitek Research conducted a survey via mobile phone of people aged 15 and older across the entire country between April 5 and April 19, 2021.  The survey’s final sample includes 561 respondents and has a 3.5% margin of error. We used a rigorous methodology to ensure we captured a representative sample of the national population. The survey includes a range of questions concerning the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the country.   In our report, we highlight the key takeaways from the survey with some commentary and analysis.
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Survey Highlights

of respondents reported they would take a vaccine, including 11% who said they would do so only under certain conditions
of respondents would not take a Covid-19 vaccine
of respondents reported that the situation with Covid-19 in Haiti is improved compared to a year ago
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Vaccine acceptance

Haiti ranks last in vaccine acceptance rate among selected countries in the region




of respondents have heard of the COVID-19 virus


of respondents understand that the virus can be fatal


of respondents identified at least one symptom


of respondents believe that there is a vaccine or treatment for the disease


of respondents reported knowing someone in their household or community showing symptoms associated with the virus


of respondents reported knowing someone in their household or community who has contracted the virus


of respondents believe that their community takes the disease very seriously


of respondents believe that the country’s health authorities take the disease very seriously


of respondents report a significant slowdown in their daily activities

About the survey methodology

Up until recently, it would have been unfathomable to conduct a rigorous survey in Haiti via telephone. The rapid adoption of mobile phone across the country has made telephone surveys not only possible but perhaps the preferred way to conduct cost effective and rigorous surveys. In the context of the Coronavirus outbreak, a phone survey is also the safest way to reach respondents. We are also finding increasing evidence that respondents are more candid in telephone interviews than they are in person.Based on the available data and research we previously conducted, we know that mobile phone penetration in the country is estimated at 58%1. We also know that this penetration rate is uneven across the country with rural areas lagging far behind urban areas, and with poorer segments of the population lagging far behind their more affluent counterparts.
The challenge in conducting a mobile phone survey in such an environment is to ensure accurate representation of the entire population rather than that of mobile phone owners. In conducting our surveys, we collected geographic, socio-economic, and demographic information about our respondents. This information was fed in real time into our proprietary algorithm guiding the selection of respondents so that our sample could reflect the geographic, demographic, and socio-economic profile of the actual population.
1. Statista. (2019). Number of mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in Haiti from 2000 to 2018. Tiré de: https://www.statista.com/statistics/502111/mobile-cellular-subscriptions-per-100-inhabitants-in-haiti/.