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US-CDC and Sydani’s Initiative to Boost COVID-19 Vaccination in Nigeria

The fight against COVID-19 has been a global challenge, requiring concerted efforts and innovative strategies. In Nigeria, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), in partnership with Sydani, has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative to bolster COVID-19 vaccination efforts in four key states: Ekiti, Niger, Osun, and Benue.
A woman wearing face mask sanitise her hands outside the St. Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland in Lagos following the reopening of Churches and lifting of restrictions on religious gatherings by the government as precaution to check the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus at the Holy Cross Cathedral, on August 9, 2020. - Nigerian government has lifted the ban on religious gathering across the country as measure to check the spread of the novel COVID-19 pandemic, but with conditions that worshippers adhere strictly to precautionary measures to curtail the spread of the virus. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP) (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

At the core of this initiative are two pivotal objectives that seek to address key challenges in the vaccination drive:

  • Expanding the Reach of COVID-19 Vaccination:
    One of the primary objectives is to expand the reach of COVID-19 vaccination to a broader population. This involves identifying and targeting previously underserved communities and populations to ensure that a larger segment of the population becomes eligible and has access to the COVID-19 vaccine. By broadening the eligible population, the initiative aims to significantly increase the overall vaccination coverage in these states.
  • Enhancing COVID-19 Immunization Awareness: In addition to expanding the reach of vaccination, the initiative places a strong emphasis on enhancing awareness about COVID-19 immunization. This involves implementing innovative demand creation initiatives that educate and inform communities about the importance of vaccination, dispel myths and misinformation, and address vaccine hesitancy. By fostering a greater understanding of COVID-19 vaccination, the initiative aims to increase public acceptance and uptake of the vaccine.

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