Myths exist on the cause and source of COVID19 and there is lack of public trust of 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 on immunization programmes.
Vaccine hesitancy is complex and context specific, varying across time, place, and vaccines. It is influenced by factors such as complacency, convenience, and confidence. In concert, old gaps, challenges, and current weakness of Nigeria’s PHC systems glaring have been exacerbated by the raging pandemic of SARS-Cov-2.