Misconception Surrounding The Uptake Of COVID 19 Vaccine In Nigeria

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DESPITE reports of the existence of COVID 19 in Nigeria many Nigerians are still doubtful and skeptical of the existence of the coronavirus. Additionally, a significant population of Nigerians are resisting the administration of the COVID 19 vaccine. There has been steady expression of concerns with regards to the vaccine by many people in cities and rural communities across Nigeria. These concerns are often triggered by misconceptions generated through information that is not supported by science. There is misconception surrounding the uptake of COVID 19 vaccine across status and classes of members of the society. Our investigation however found out that the growing misconception is heavily pronounced among young people. There is a general assumption among this population demographics that the pandemic had not been as deadly among young people as it has been with the elderly. This investigation also found out that the social media platforms now serve as a serious vector in the spread of COVID-19 related misinformation. There have been aggressive spread of information intended to ignite fear in the minds with regards to the vaccine and how those who have received the jab have become prone to “Bluetooth” connector signals. Some of the major vectors of misinformation on COVID 19 vaccine are incidentally social media influencers. These influencers leverage on their popularity on social media platforms to spread misleading information about COVID 19 vaccinations. Noticeable was the trending post on twitter by a well-known former Senator Dino Melaye who went online to spread misleading information on covid 19 vaccine. According to him, “for one hundred years we could not fund vaccine for cancer, for over forty years we are yet to find any vaccine for HIV/AIDS, for over hundred years, researchers have been going on, finding a vaccine for diabetes, we are yet to find a vaccine. How is it possible on earth that in one year, we find vaccine for COVID 19? An intelligent gathering has reviewed that some of those who took that vaccine died within three days’ Wider acceptance of these misconceptions often times informed the decision of young people to join the band wagon in spreading such misinformation without any form of check to further authenticate and validate the information. Social media has become a vehicle for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, allowing the vaccine to be boycotted by the public, and we need authoritative science on vaccine knowledge.

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