The community collectives and citizens action against COVID-19 (COMCOVID) is a programme initiated by CHESTRAD Global to piloted in 3 states (Lagos, Osun and Oyo) to strengthen and reform the primary healthcare system in Nigeria, and the project seeks to enhance community and citizen-led action in accessing COVID-19 testing, vaccination and treatments.
A key outcome of this pandemic challenges with not only in risk perception but also with the adoption of COVID19 protection at personal and community levels, and with vaccine introduction. Myths abound on the cause and source of COVID19 and there is a lack of public trust in interventions, especially in relation to the humanitarian support and social protection interventions in response to the economic impact of COVID19.
These have resulted in vaccine hesitancy and in some cases outright rejection, with concerns that this may further impact immunization programmes. Vaccine hesitancy is complex and context-specific, varying across time and place. It is influenced by factors such as complacency, convenience, and confidence.
In concert, old gaps, challenges, and the current weakness of Nigeria’s PHC systems glaring have been exacerbated by the raging pandemic of SARS-Cov-2.
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