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‘COVID-19 doesn’t exist’ tops list of reasons among vaccine- hesitant Nigerians, Afrobarometer survey shows

7 Jun 2022 Nigeria
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Key findings
  • Close to three in 10 Nigerians (28%) say someone in their household lost a job, business, or primary source of income due to the pandemic (Figure 1).
  • Fewer than four in 10 Nigerians (37%) say they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. About one-third say they are “very unlikely” (22%) or “somewhat unlikely” (10%) to take the vaccine, while 30% say they probably will (Figure 2).
  • Citizens who say they are unlikely to get vaccinated cite a variety of reasons for their hesitancy, including that COVID-19 doesn’t exist (29%), that COVID-19 is not serious or life-threatening (18%), and that they do not trust the vaccine or are worried about fake vaccines (14%) (Figure 3).
  • About nine out of 10 Nigerians (89%) report that their household did not receive COVID-19 relief assistance from the government to mitigate the impact of the pandemic (Figure 4).
  • A large majority (83%) of Nigerians say they believe that “some” or “a lot” of the resources intended for the COVID-19 response have been lost to corruption. Only 2% think that none of these resources have been embezzled (Figure 5).

About one-third of Nigerian adults say they are unlikely to try to get vaccinated against COVID-19, including many who say they don’t believe the virus exists or is a serious threat, a new Afrobarometer study shows.

Fewer than four in 10 citizens report having received a vaccination against the virus.

As the government tries to respond to the economic and social impact of the pandemic, three in 10 citizens say someone in their household lost a job, a business, or a primary source of income due to the pandemic, but far fewer report receiving government assistance to weather the fallout.

Most citizens also believe that resources intended for the response to the pandemic have been lost to government corruption.