Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has decried rumours, misinformation, and conspiracy theories against the intake of COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria.
The Governor stated this at the South-West Edition of Town Hall Meeting on COVID vaccination hosted by the Lagos State Government and facilitated by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
The Governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji, stated that the rumours and negative stories on the COVID-19 vaccine have affected its campaign and reduced the uptake of the vaccine in the country.
“Uncensored and unmonitored social media content is also helping to amplify these conspiracy theories and misinformation. These myths and rumours need to be aggressively dispelled in order not to jeopardise the efforts of all stakeholders, and to ensure the protection of the health and wellbeing of our citizens”, Sanwo-Olu said.
He added that the Lagos State Government, in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and other equally concerned stakeholders will continue to do everything possible to ensure that Nigerians are properly educated and sensitised on the need to take the vaccine, while also continuing to observe all the other guidelines and precautions.