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COVID-19: Traditional leader tells Nigerians to put fears aside and get vaccinated

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By Ikenna Osuoha

Eze Samuel Ohiri, former chairman of the Council of Traditional Chiefs of the IMO, on Wednesday urged Nigerians not to be concerned about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN), reports that the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Food and Drug Administration, have recommended that the United States suspend Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine & Johnson after six cases of a “rare and serious” type of blood clot was reported.

Cases have been reported in women aged 18 to 48 and symptoms appeared six to 13 days after vaccination.

Ohiri, a medical laboratory graduate and also president of HI-TECHDIAGNOSTICS LIMITED, makers of diagnostic test kits, however told NAN in Abuja that the Johnson & Johnson and Astrazeneca vaccines are safe for humans.

“The US government took this step just out of caution. It is prudent to ensure that the risk, if any, is not material.

“Again, looking at the data, only six cases of this blood clot, out of about six million people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States, are very insignificant to me.

“I think Johnson & Johnson and the Astrazeneca vaccine used in Nigeria are safe,” he said.

The royal father, who reiterated his confidence in the vaccination process, said it was the roadmap to truly contain the virus, as well as achieving national immunity.

He strongly advocated for universal immunization for global welfare, aimed at restoring prosperity in both health and wealth.

Ohiri, however, advised the public to ignore innuendos that could undermine the reality of the dangers COVID-19 and its emerging strains pose to health. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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