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COVID-19 vaccination: UNICEF urges leaders to play key role

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By Aderogba George

Leaders in strategic life positions have been tasked with playing a leading role in the campaign to encourage Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

The leaders highlighted during an ongoing media dialogue workshop in Yola Adamawa, included governors, lawmakers, traditional leaders, religious leaders, market leaders, health workers and others.

The workshop was organized by the Information Office on Children’s Rights (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF.

Speaking at the workshop, Ms Elizabeth Onitolo, Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist, UNICEF, noted that leaders must play their part if the results required to prevent and stop COVID-19 are to be achieved. .

“We need the COVID-19 vaccine to stop this pandemic; vaccines work with the immune system and that is why we need to be vaccinated.

“Widespread use of the vaccine can reduce the spread in the community and the chances of a new variant appearing. It will also reduce the chances of a lockdown.

“In order for us to come out of this pandemic, all hands must be on the bridge. We all have to work together; everyone must be on the same wavelength, ”she stressed.

According to the C4D specialist, executives and influencers should dedicate resources and time to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccination achieves the desired result.

According to her, community engagement, social mobilization and advocacy are necessary to make exercise a success.

She revealed that there were more than 200 vaccines currently being tested around the world, adding that three potential vaccines from Nigeria were also on the list for trials.

The C4D specialist also called on community and market leaders to be well informed in order to give correct information about COVID-19 to members of their community.

She said building partnerships and alliances at every point of engagement will also help ensure that Nigerians know the benefits of taking full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (NOPE)

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