The Federal Government has been rolling out several strategies to help drive uptake of COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria to at least 50% by Jan. 31, 2022, as against the current poor figure of 2.9%.
As the COVID-19 mass vaccination exercise continues across the country, after the flag off by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, last Friday, Nov. 19 2021, Health TV Africa crew was at the Asokoro roundabout vaccination point, where it interacted with the vaccinators, vaccine recipients and passersby.
Speaking on the progress of work, National Monitor, COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign and staff of the Department of Communication and Advocacy, NPHCDA, Felix Ajudua said there has been a mass turn so far and he expects an increment in the number of persons coming forward to be vaccinated.
But some challenges such as the lack of chairs for people to sit, and the late arrival of some members of the vaccination team, were among the challenges highlighted by Ajudua.
Mohammed Alhassan was among those who just received their COVID-19 Astrazeneca vaccine. His brother had encouraged him to take the vaccine despite the negative campaigns he read from Social Media.
However, Samuel Godwin and Joseph Ani who were passing just a few meters away from the point of vaccination, unlike Alhassan, are both doubtful of the existence of COVID-19 and skeptical about the safety of the vaccine.