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Only 7% Nigerians have been vaccinated – Study



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…Over 290m jabs administered in Africa

ONLY 14.6million are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Nigeria as of April 28, 2022, representing 7.1 per cent of the population.

  A non-governmental organisation (NGO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), gave this figure while quoting Our World Data from the University of Oxford. Director of Advocacy, Policy and Marketing, Africa Bureau, Ms Oluwakemi Gbadamosi, said the number was very insignificant when compared to what was obtainable in the developed world.

  Gbadamosi disclosed this while speaking during a Vaccinate Our World (VOW) meeting to discuss how religious leaders could help to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and global vaccine inequity in Nigeria.

  “Only about 15 per cent of the adult population on African continent have been fully vaccinated,” Gbadamosi said.

  While lamenting the disparity in the distribution of vaccines and vaccine hesitancy in Nigeria, she said the faith communities have a big role to play in informing and influencing communities on matters of health.

  She, therefore, called on religious leaders in Nigeria to preach against COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and add their voices to compel world leaders to act on the obvious inequalities in global COVID-19 distribution.

  While speaking at the event, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Karu, Nasarawa State, Bulus Joshua, called on Christians to get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying it has nothing to do with the mark of the beast.

  He rebuffed the claim that one would get the ‘mark of the beast’ after taking vaccine, saying most of those making the claim are not conversant with the Bible.

  Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Habiba Umar, also buttressed the need for religious leaders to lead the way in encouraging Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccine, adding that the Quran enjoined Muslims to obey their leaders.

  Meanwhile, as of today, over 292,515,137 vaccinations have been administered across the continent while confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 55 African countries reached 11,525,644.

  Reported deaths in Africa reached  252,865 and 9,675,048 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases of  3,795,763 and 100,363 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (1,164,973), Tunisia (1,040,193), Egypt (515,645), Libya (501,904), Ethiopia (470,581), and Kenya (323,786).

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