Why eligible Nigerians should take COVID-19 vaccine
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Health and Human Services Secretariat has advised every eligible Nigerian to take the COVID-19 vaccine to curtail further spread of the virus in the country.
Dr Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary of the Secretariat, gave the advice on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of (Nigeria NAN) in Abuja.
Kawu said that the country would not be consider safe until 70 per cent of
the nation’s population was vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He explained that the brand of COVID-19 vaccine currently being used in Nigeria was safe and efficacious.
“The President of this country, the Vice President and all the political leaders of this country have taken the vaccine.
“If it is not safe, we are not that bad as to allow our President, Governors and other political leaders to take this vaccine. “So, you can be sure this vaccine is safe.
“This vaccine is coming from a 21-year-old company, established in 1990 in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
“It is not a Third World vaccine production facility as so many people are saying.
“This vaccines are produced by the company which is a UK and Swedish based companies; they merged in 1990 to form the company.
“So, this vaccine we are getting from a very reliable source from th
first world; and UK and other European countries are taking this vaccines.
“UK is presently taking this vaccines despite the hitch they got in sweden and one other country that have withheld the administration of this vaccine.
“UK said, as far as they are concerned, they have not seen or heard any side effects that warrants stoppage of the vaccine. The vaccine is as potent and as safe as required.
“The problem that other countries got was some people develop trembobolism which is common in UK.
“Probably is coincidence, probably is one of the side effects, they are not sure.
“So they want to investigate further with the batch that they are using and the batch is ABC 1530 and that is not the batch we are using in this country and that is not the batch UK is using, Italy too is not using it.
“So, all this countries, as far as they are concerned, the one they are using they have not seen any side effects that warrants stoppage so they are ok; they are comfortable.
“Let me also tell you, the moment this vaccine was produced, it has been under trial and testing.
“The samples were sent to all regulatory agencies of all countries, especially (including) our NAFDAC.
“NAFDAC has worked on all the Vaccines that have been produced in the world in case Nigeria wants to import them.
“After importing the vaccine, before they were administered, NAFDAC had to take the samples from this batch that have been produced.
“And processed and investigated the safety and all other parameters and they came out to say that this vaccine is perfect.
“So far as I am concerned, as a scientist, this vaccine is good, safe and efficacious and I recommend it for myself, family and all Nigerians,” Kawu said. (NAN)