Enugu, 05 April, 2021 / 2:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has dismissed skepticism toward COVID-19 vaccines as “propaganda” and encouraged the people of God in the West African nation to get vaccinated.
“Forget all the propaganda going around; we have taken other vaccines for yellow fever and the rest,” Bishop Callistus Valentine Onaga has been quoted as saying in a Tuesday, March 30 news report.
Bishop Onaga who had just lead members of the Clergy, Seminarians and staff members serving at his residence in receiving the first round of the AstraZeneca vaccine urged Nigerians “to go for this (vaccine) so we can stem the spread of this thing (COVID-19).”
“We are appealing to everyone, every Catholic and every Christian to go and take this vaccine,” the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese said, adding that the jab will “help us worship better and will help us return to normalcy.”
Some Nigerians have raised concerns about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. For instance, In February, the Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria, noted, “Many in Nigeria ask if the vaccines are medically safe.”