In this project funded by McArthur Foundation, the Vaccine Network for Disease Control worked with Pathfinder International, and other partners, in collaboration with the government to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and increase uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in selected communities in Kaduna, Kano, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This was done to mitigate community transmission of the virus and minimize the disease burden. This project aligned with the government’s strategy for COVID-19 vaccine support under SCALES 2.0 to strengthen community response and acceptability and address hesitancy. The project complemented other state COVID-19 vaccine investments by bringing timely, relevant and necessary civil society expertise and community perception into the government’s overall strategies and response at sub-national and community levels. We commenced the project with a desk review, had Key Informant Interviews with strategic government officials and community leaders in the three project states.
We sensitized individuals across communities in Kuje, AMAC and Bwari LGAs in the FCT, Igabi, Zaria and Kaduna south of Kaduna state and Taruni, Nassarawa and Ungoggo LGA of Kano state and tertiary institutions in the 3 states namely ILA college of health (FCT), Kaduna state college of Nursing and Midwifery, St Gerald College of Nursing (Kaduna State), Emirate college of Health Sciences and Aminu Kano College of Legal studies located in Kano state.