The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine landed in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2 and the Federal Government has intimated that President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will take their shots on Saturday to assure citizens about the safety of the vaccine.

However, some Christians whose pastors have affiliated the vaccine to the Antichrist in the past have vowed not have anything to do with the vaccine. On Youtube, in a sermon delivered by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome alleged that introduction of the 5G technology was responsible for the flurry of the coronavirus hence administering the ‘New World Order’ headed by the Antichrist.

On Friday, reactions from church members were gathered where some stated that their decision was attributed to their religious beliefs but then others said they can’t put their lives in the hands of the Nigerian Government.

Esther Tijani, a member of the Christ Embassy said,

“I can’t take the vaccine. I have a mind of my own, so it is not because Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was against it. I have the right to choose what I will allow being done to my body. I hold on to the message in Psalms 91:5-6 that, ‘Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destructi on that wasteth at noonday.’ That’s why I cannot take the COVID-19 vaccine.”


Joy Okezie, another member of the Christ Embassy said.

“Not taking it is about my Christian belief and also about my individuality. This is because the vaccines I’ve had to take are the ones I was given when I was a baby. Also, I’m a very objective person. I like to get full details of whatever I’m getting involved in. I also believe in having good reasons for all my actions.

“Also, let’s say we choose to eliminate the first two answers above, I can go for it when all doubts are cleared because there are many irregularities associated with the vaccine. Also, I attend Christ Embassy. But, my view about the vaccine is really rooted in the fact that there’s a lot of politics being played with it. If we eliminate my religious biases, I would wait to get the answers to every question on my mind before I could decide on whether or not to go for it.”

Also, a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ademola Adebayo, said,

“I cannot take COVID-19 vaccine. And, not taking it has nothing to do with my Christian belief. But, maybe if the Federal Ministry of Health provides answers to these questions like, do the vaccines stop the infection? Do the vaccines prevent the infection from transmission? Does it have any side effects? And the awareness must be circulated to every nook and cranny of the country.”

Bukola Davies, who did not disclose the identity of her church, said,

“I don’t need the vaccine. I am not sure it has any connection with the Antichrist as some say. But, I cannot take it. Thank you.”

Joy Celestine questioned the sincerity of the government officials in administering the drugs, saying,

“I can’t take the vaccine. How am I sure the vaccine they (Nigerian leaders) took is the same type they are giving me? What if it has a side effect that will cost me millions of naira to treat? They can afford to do that with their money but I can’t. My submission on not taking the vaccine is not about a Christian belief, rather it is a personal decision taken based on my observations.”

Olaide Williams bluntly replied, “I’m not interested in the vaccine as of now.”

In the same vein, Dayo Emmanuel responded, “I’m not interested in the vaccine. I don’t need it.”

“My take is that those that are most affected and invented the vaccine are people in cold regions but Africa is not cold. Africa is hot, so the drug obtainable can’t be the same. And also our immune systems are different,” said Obinna Okorie.

Lilian Akwunwa said, “No, I can’t take the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s not about my Christian belief. I don’t trust the vaccine, and I don’t trust the government and the people behind it.”

Blessing Okome also said, “I can’t take it. I don’t think I can take the vaccine, let’s see after 100 people have taken it first.”

“I don’t need the vaccine,” Damilare Omodara said. “It’s about my faith in the merit of the work of the Lord Jesus.”