COVID-19: Boris Johnson meets Nigerian pastor, other church leaders over vaccination

COVID-19: Boris Johnson meets Nigerian pastor, other church leaders over vaccination

- With COVID-19 vaccines now authorized for distribution, questions are arising on myths versus facts

- Leaders all over the world are making efforts to ensure that people get the right information on the vaccines

- In the United Kingdom, the authorities have enlisted the help of pastors including a UK-based Nigeria pastor

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Boris Johnson, prime minister of the United Kingdom, has met with church and community leaders, including Sola Fola-Alade, a UK-based Nigerian pastor, to discuss COVID-19 vaccination.

Fola-Alade is a highly respected pastor, author, publisher, coach, influencer, and life transformer.

The UK prime minister published a clip of the meeting, which held at The Tab church in London, Lewisham, on his official Twitter handle on Saturday, February 27.

COVID-19: Boris Johnson meets Nigerian pastor, other church leaders over vaccination
Boris Johnson has been at the forefront of promoting the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. Photo credit: Jeremy SELWYN/POOL/AFP
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He wrote:

“Hi folks, I’m here at The Tab. I’ve been talking to some pastors about the amazing works that they do to encourage the take-up of vaccinations.”

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Speaking at the meeting with the prime minister, Fola-Alade, who is the lead pastor at Liberty Church, London, said as a medical doctor, he understands people’s fears concerning the quick development of the vaccines.

His words:

“Not only am I a pastor of a church, I’m also a medical doctor by training. I do understand people’s fears and anxieties concerning the speed of the development of the vaccines, and the things that are out there concerning how the vaccines were developed.”

In a post on his Twitter handle on Saturday, February 27, Fola-Alade advised people to be careful about misinformation concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.

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He wrote:

“While people do have valid fears & questions regarding the efficacy and safety of the vaccine, however, we must be careful about misinformation out there and look at the facts & make our decisions based on objective facts and not on myths.”

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The UK, which is the fifth country with the highest number of confirmed infections worldwide, began vaccinations in December 2020 after it approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for public use.

Daily Trust also shared photos from the event. gathered that the meeting of the pastors with Johnson was geared towards dispelling any myth or information aimed at contaminating people's minds against getting the vaccine. had earlier listed 10 important facts concerning the COVID-19 vaccine here.

Meanwhile, on Friday, January 15, the federal ministry of health in Nigeria, released new protocols for religious centres to adhere to.

The protocols include 12 updated guidelines for religious gatherings to follow to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at


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