Following reports on social media that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is magnetic in nature and that electronic devices recognize people that had received the vaccine, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency says the vaccines do not contain electromagnetic ingredients that can cause side effects.
The Executive Director of the agency Dr. Faisal Shuaib, at a press briefing in Abuja said it was unfortunate that the right of the public to true and accurate information on matters of collective concern was being threatened by a few others taking advantage of the social media to mislead people about their health.
He said it was necessary for Nigerians to confront the false theorists if they really want the country and the world to overcome the pandemic and recover from its adversities.
At the brief the agency made a public demonstration of the safety of the vaccine.
Dr. Shuaib who said Nigeria has successfully utilized 3.9M doses, representing 96% of the over 4 million doses of the vaccines received in the country, said Nigeria is poised to achieve 100% utilization of the doses of vaccine it has received in the next few days.
He urge everyone to do more research on their own using credible information sources so that they do not promote ignorance in an age of civilization.
He further advised Nigerians to take informed steps to guard themselves from being misled by those who are spreading misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Shuaib appealed to everyone to continue to wear their face masks, wash their hands frequently, observe social distancing and take other precautionary measures against COVID-19.