COVID-19 Vaccine: Religious leaders, celebrities to get vaccination priority – State Govs


The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) said influencers and opinion leaders would be prioritized in the planned vaccination of Nigerians against the rampaging COVID-19.

The NGF Chairman and Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, made this known in an interview with newsmen at the State House after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fayemi said the President was convinced of the need to prioritize influencers in the vaccination in order to ameliorate potential resistance from believers of conspiracy theories the vaccines are generating in some quarters.

“I commended the PTF on COVID-19 for at least, wanting to use Mr. President and the Vice President as their publicity vehicles for reassuring those who may have their doubts about vaccines use that, this is no threats to them. You know there are cultural and religious concerns in various parts and we are at the state level, we are reviewing that with all of our colleagues.

“But the good thing is, Mr. President has agreed with me that he would convey to the PTF, the necessity of using other influencers, maybe Chief Imams, Bishops, top musicians, our sports personalities, because the more such people are seen taking the vaccines, the more the likelihood of resistance will break down in our various localities,” the governors said.

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