CDC and Nigeria partner to increase COVID-19 vaccination


  • U.S. CDC partnered with the Government of Nigeria to increase vaccination and address misinformation about COVID-19.
  • The organizations worked with trusted community leaders to answer questions about preventing COVID-19 and encourage vaccination to help slow the spread.
  • This collaboration and meeting people where they are makes vaccination more convenient and saves lives.

Photo of two religious leaders presenting information about COVID-19 prevention and treatment during the Messages of Hope workshop designed to inform communities.

Since the start of the pandemic, CDC and the Government of Nigeria have been working with community and religious leaders to share COVID-19 prevention information and address misinformation both in-person and through mass media channels. Photo credit: Godwin Oisi/CDC

Photo of a volunteer handing out COVID-19 prevention information in a market in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Community volunteers go to markets and other meeting points to hand out flyers and informational sheets on how to prevent COVID-19. The information is culturally appropriate and written in the community’s local language and dialect. Photo credit: Godwin Oisi/CDC

Photo of healthcare workers preparing vaccines for distribution to local vaccination sites in Abuja.

Public health workers prepare COVID-19 vaccines for distribution at local vaccination clinics in Abuja, Nigeria. Photo credit: Godwin Oisi/CDC

Photo of a patient receiving a COVID-19 vaccine while sitting in Port Lagos, Nigeria.

A patient receives a COVID-19 vaccine in February 2022. The shot is one of six million doses CDC donated to Nigeria through its implementing partner, Ministry of Health. Photo credit: Godwin Oisi/CDC

Photo of two health workers at a national reference laboratory in Nigeria storing samples in ultra-low temperature freezers.

CDC’s support to the Government of Nigeria further strengthens the partnership between the two countries. It has not only ensured that Nigeria is making progress against COVID-19, but that the country has a stronger infrastructure and trained responders for future public health emergencies. Photo credit: Godwin Oisi/CDC