By Treasure Mayowa
About 90 percent of Nigerians have indicated their willingness to get tested for Covid-19, according to a new report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Also, about 89 percent of Nigerians polled by the bureau showed their willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if a vaccine is provided for free.
“The vast majority of respondents reported that they were willing to get tested for and vaccinated against COVID-19, if such services were free.
Almost 90 percent of respondents answered “Yes” when asked, “If you could get tested for free for the COVID-19 virus, would you be willing to get tested?”
“Additionally, 89 percent of respondents answered “Yes” when asked “If an approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus was available right now at no cost, would you agree to be vaccinated?”
“Respondents in urban areas are more skeptical towards a possible vaccine against the COVID-19 virus: 14 percent of urban respondents would not agree to be vaccinated (even at
no cost) compared to 8 percent in rural areas.
“Out of those who would not agree to be vaccinated, 32 percent indicate that the main reason is because they do not think it
would be safe, and 31 percent say they do not consider themselves to be sufficiently at risk of contracting COVID19,” NBS stated in the report.
Nigeria on Monday imposed fresh restrictions on religious places, schools and limit numbers of people to attend public functions.