The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says 50 percent of Nigerians have consented to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Faisal Shuaib, executive director of NPHCDA, made this known during a media briefing at the state house on Thursday.
Shuaib said 25 percent of the citizens are still hesitant about being vaccinated, mostly by the reason of fear.
Nonetheless, he did not reveal how the agency arrived at the number.
Earlier on Tuesday, Nigeria got the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19. The The virus has resulted into the death of 1,940 citizens out of the 157,000 infected.
However, many citizens still have wrong idea about the vaccine which includes unverified claims that it changes the DNA and contains microchips — all of which health authorities have discredited.
Shuaib also said that the percentage of Nigerias who were unwilling to take the vaccine dropped from 75 to 25.
“We have seen in the last few weeks how up to 75 percent indicating that they will not be taking this vaccine to just about 25 percent who are saying they will definitely not be taking this vaccine,” he said.
“We have about 50 percent that say, yes, they will, and 25 percent that are not so sure. So, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.”
The NPHCDA chief said the reluctance about the vaccine is not only in Nigeria but across the globe.
To beat this, he said health authorities must continue to provide the right information to citizens, adding: “We cannot dismiss their cynicism and assume that they do not know. It is our responsibility as public health workers to convince people that these vaccines are safe.”