In order to promote Covid vaccination in Nigeria, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has concluded plans to commence what it calls Sunday vaccination in Nigerian churches.
This was announced by Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA executive director on Tuesday after he met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja.
“I am glad to inform you that from this second phase of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, we have introduced Sunday vaccination,” he said.
“I must say that feedback from the field is very encouraging, and I sincerely thank all Christian leaders who have given the vaccination team access to their churches and their members to receive COVID-19 vaccine during Sunday service.
“Suffice to say that the Christian community contributed immensely to our achieving wild poliovirus certification last year, and indeed our sustaining the country’s polio-free status for over a year now. We are most grateful as a people and government.
“I am aware that in the states and LGAs, representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria are strong and committed members of the state and LGA task forces on immunisation.
“These ambassadors have contributed immensely to confidence-building and trust in government-led public health programmes, especially in the days of the Nigeria polio eradication programme when we were battling with high rate of refusals to vaccination due to rumours and misinformation,” he added.