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Red Cross sues for massive COVID-19 vaccination



NATIONAL Coordinator Health and Care for Nigerian Red Cross, Dr. Mannir Jega, has urged Nigerians to avoid shunning the COVID-19 vaccines to safeguard their health and that of others against the pandemic.

  He gave the advice, yesterday, in Abuja during training on (COVID 19) Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategy, organised by Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRSC).

According to him, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has provided vaccine and also vaccination sites.

  “But we have seen a lot of hesitancy. People are not willing to come out to be vaccinated as we speak now, we have millions of vaccines that are potentially going to expired, if not utilised. So, what are the causes of this hesitancy and that is why the Nigerian Red Cross is coming in, in its role as auxiliary to the government, and were now supporting the government to address this hesitancy to address the negative perception and to also improve optic of COVID-19 vaccination,” Jega said.

  Explaining that training state officers and volunteers was meant for them to go back to their various locations and conduct step down of their experience, Jega said they should also conduct house-to-house mobilisation especially in those parts that the government informed them that the turnout is very low.

  When asked why Nigeria is still talking about vaccination, when many countries in Europe and America are scaling down restrictions on the pandemic, Dr. Jega said that the vaccine distribution and administration in Nigeria is not comparable to some of the other countries that have achieve herd immunity over the larger percentage of their population that were vaccinated.

  It will be recalled that the programme scheduled for between April and October, is having its focus in Bauchi, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Edo and Kogi States while since Nigeria recorded a first confirmed case of COVID-19 in February, 2020, a cumulative 255,606 cases have so far been confirmed, with 249,718 cases discharged and 3,142 deaths in 36 states and FCT.

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