Nigeria has commenced COVID-19 vaccination of its citizens after receiving 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

To further drive acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on political leaders to take the COVID-19 vaccines in public glare.

Mr Abubakar while speaking at a sensitisation programme on COVID-19 vaccine for Muslim scholars and imams in Nigeria, on Friday, said this will encourage other people to take the vaccines.

“We have seen the president take the vaccines publicly and we expect to see more political leaders take the vaccines openly.

“We believe all political leaders must take the COVID-19 vaccines first before the common man on the street because they are our leaders,” he said.

Nigeria has commenced COVID-19 vaccination of its citizens after receiving 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX facility in early March.

The rollout started with healthcare workers who are often at the risk of exposure to infections being the first responders to patients.

However, vaccine hesitancy is a major challenge that must be addressed if Nigeria is to have an effective vaccination campaign, public health experts told Ugama TV

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo received jabs of the vaccines on live television to encourage other Nigerians to accept it.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, while addressing journalists in Abuja in late January, said he and his colleagues will take the vaccines on live television, a promise some state governors are already fulfilling.

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