The federal government says Nigeria has not recorded any death directly linked to COVID-19 vaccination in the country.
While allaying fears that the COVID-19 jab causes impotence or any other severe health related complication, the government noted that cases of mild, moderate and severe reactions that have been recorded are expected from normal vaccination, adding that people who experienced any of these have since recovered and are doing well.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja at an event to update Nigerians on the status of COVID-19 vaccination in the country, the Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib therefore encouraged citizens not to allow the fear of side effects to discourage them from taking the vaccine, maintaining that the long term benefits of getting vaccinated far outweighs the risk of brief side effects.
The World Health Organization Country Director, Dr. Walter Kazadi Molumbo noted that countries with high vaccination rate and strict adherence to non-pharmaceutical protocols are winning the war against the COVID-19 pandemic, urging Nigerians to observe the safety protocols and make themselves available for vaccination. He expressed the commitment of the WHO to ensure equitable access to vaccine especially the disadvantaged countries.
The UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins who was represented by Dr. Gagan Gupta applauded the country’s effort in dealing with the pandemic. While thanking Federal government for extending the second phase of the vaccination, he urged Nigerians especially those who have taken the first doze of the vaccine to present themselves for the second doze for full protection.