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COVID-19 vaccination: society urges more sensitisation of Nigerians to end pandemic

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COVID-19 vaccination: society urges more sensitisation of Nigerians to end pandemic

By Franca Ofili

The Nigerian Red Cross advised Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because it was the only key to ending the pandemic.

Mr. Bhupinder Tomar, Head of Delegation of the Abuja Country Cluster of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provided advice in Abuja.

According to him, getting the vaccine will help protect people from contracting COVID-19.

Tomar spoke after a drive on the road to raise awareness of the need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 which had experienced some resistance.

He told the Nigerian News Agency that “there can be no other bigger problem than convincing the people around us to get vaccinated.”

“We have lost two years of our life due to this disease and the only way out is for all of us to educate our sisters, brothers, parents about the need to be vaccinated and to be healthy.

“It’s because we’re part of the community, we can educate ourselves and educate others,” Tomar said.

He said the main reason people were reluctant to receive the vaccine was fear and misinformation.

Tomar said it was necessary to give the right information to the public that the vaccine was safe and that everyone should get vaccinated as a way to end the pandemic.

He called on stakeholders to make the vaccine available in communities and those who were ready to receive the vaccine.

In his remarks, Udoh Ibanga, deputy coordinator of the company’s health and care department, said the march on the road was aimed at raising awareness of the need to vaccinate people.

“Social mobilization on the march is to educate people so that they can get vaccinated and create demand for the availability of vaccines.

“We are already doing door-to-door outreach to tell people to go get the vaccine and that it’s safe and tell them where to get the vaccine.

“This outreach will also be done in five states, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kano, Akwa Ibom, Oyo and Rivers,” Ibanga said.

She said the road show was aimed at people who were not usually at home, especially in markets and parks.

“We are also targeting people in rural FCT communities and hard-to-reach areas, as some of them don’t know the vaccination is going on and others don’t know where to get the vaccine.

“Our volunteers do the door-to-door vaccination to dispel misconceptions about the vaccine,” she said.

Nigeria has so far vaccinated around eight million people out of a population of over 200 million, according to reports.

Source: NAN

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