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COVID-19: Nigeria’s Consulate in New York embarks on vaccination drive



COVID-19: Nigeria’s Consulate in New York embarks on vaccination drive

By Cecilia Ologunagba

The Nigerian Consulate General in New York has launched a vaccination program to immunize Nigerians under its jurisdiction against COVID-19.

Consul General Lot Egopija told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Monday that the goal was to protect Nigerians in his jurisdiction from COVID-19.

“The vaccination program is one of our outreach programs to our nationals and to make sure our nationals are safe.

“We will make sure that Nigerians in New York City who have not been vaccinated are reached and encouraged to take advantage of the program.

“In addition, we will continue to educate our nationals on the need to be vaccinated because COVID-19 is real,” he said.

The Nigerian envoy explained that COVID-19 is real, warning people who don’t believe in COVID-19 not to live in denial.

Egopija said the consulate held a memorial event for Nigerians who died from COVID-19 because “it is a community responsibility.

According to him, the consulate may not be able to release the names of the Nigerian victims to avoid stigma.

“We made a plaque for everyone to commemorate (remembrance ceremony); we wanted to do it for everyone since we didn’t get full disclosure we decided to do a plaque.

“We are in a society that also celebrates and commemorates when we lose a loved one,” he said.

Egopija said the host country is gradually returning to the pre-COVID-19 days and the consulate has decided to identify with Nigerians who have lost their loved ones to the pandemic.

“We’ve been through a year of a pandemic and now that New York is opening up, which means 70% have been vaccinated,” he said.

The envoy said the consulate would partner with New York City authorities for the vaccination program for interested Nigerians.

“They also offered to provide free services to various Nigerian communities on mutually agreed days,” he said.

He encouraged Nigerians to pursue their aspirations after the pandemic experience, saying “life goes on after the pandemic”.

NAN recalls that the commemorative event at Nigeria House on Saturday drew Nigerians from all walks of life, including UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, envoys, community leaders, as well as families, friends and supporters. partners of the victims. (NOPE)


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