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mass vaccinationAfter the report of the first case of the Omicron variant, Nigeria is worried about the nation’s safety. The vaccination drive takes started from churches, mosques, and government offices to ensure that everyone is vaccinated.

Recently on Sunday, the pastor delivered a message when prayers and hymns filled the Ikoyi Baptist Church, “Do the right thing and get the job.” All worshippers obeyed the order and lined up to get either first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Covid-19 outbreak has impacted every country. But somehow, Africa nations have managed to escape from the waves due to timely decisions. At the start of the pandemic, only 300 deaths were reported, and around 214,000 were infected. But still, the issue was not much worse. Maybe it is because of the less conducted test.

Why recruiting churches and mosques:

​​Dr Atinuke Onayiga, a senior Lagos health official, visits the Ikoyi church. According to him, “A lot of people don’t want to queue up, so we bring it to their doorstep.” this is the reason for visiting these places and giving them vaccination shots.

He further added, “The mosques and churches get the largest crowds. It is also a way to reduce the risk and access more people.” So, the purpose of taking this initiative is to facilitate the nation.

The mainland district of Alausa, across the other side of Lagos, followed the same vaccination pattern on Friday prayers. However, many people were still hesitant to get it done because few reported side effects.

Lawal Abujeli, 35 passed a statement while sitting on the white chair outside the mosques, “I wasn’t interested before, but here I can trust it.” later after seeing other people satisfied. He said, “Now it’s happening here, I should do it”. And he was waiting for his turn.

Availability of Vaccine and its Expiry:

Nigerian nation still afraid of getting done the process because of some incidents happened in the past. They recalled those times when 11 children died and a lot of people became disabled due to the dose of an anti-meningitis jab made by Pfizer in 1996.

On the other hand, many well-developed countries have completed their two doses, and the vaccination campaign is in process for the third “booster” jab. Comparatively, the rate in Nigeria is still low. The reason is mentioned earlier. In addition to that, around 30 million doses have been done in Nigeria so far, and another 60 million is on the way.

He was observing the hesitancy of people. Mukhtar Muhammed, a presidential adviser on Covid-19, warned the nation, “A lack of vaccination in our countries will breed fertile ground for the virus to develop mutations,” emphasizing people to become vaccinated as soon as possible.

UNICEF’s country representative, Peter Hawkins, said, 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca should be done in Nigeria because of its low shelf life. Also, there is no such issue with other vaccines.

The availability of vaccines is another most crucial issue. However, WHO is taking this responsibility and providing low to middle-income nations with free doses financed by the richest states.

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