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Bauchi govt decries apathy towards COVID-19 vaccine, warns against fake vaccination cards

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The Govt Chairman, Bauchi State Major Healthcare Improvement Company (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed has decried individuals’s skepticism in direction of COVID-19 vaccine within the state regardless of authorities’s efforts in educating and sensitising them.

Mohammed lamented that the skepticism has made individuals to not come out to take the vaccine, decrying a scenario whereby 2,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been despatched to one of many native authorities areas within the state however solely paltry 30 had been administered as individuals refused to just accept it.

He said this whereas giving an replace on the vaccination scenario within the state at a one-day media orientation on the second part of COVID-19 vaccination train in Bauchi State, held on the Polio Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Bauchi.

Whereas disclosing that the state not too long ago acquired extra provide of AstraZeneca vaccine, which was distributed throughout the state, Mohammed condemned the scenario whereby influential individuals tried to induce well being employees with cash to fill vaccination playing cards for them with out taking the vaccine.

“Considered one of our well being employees who took the doses there reported that a few of the properly to do members of the group are attempting to induce them with cash simply to fill the vaccination playing cards for them as an alternative of taking the jabs. However the good factor is that she refused to hearken to them.

“Some dignitaries are sending messages from Abuja to our well being employees to get the vaccination playing cards throughout to them with out taking the jabs. We won’t permit that within the state; everyone should take the jab earlier than getting the playing cards,” the chief chairman declared.

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He added that the state authorities was not proud of the event and had since directed the Company to do all the pieces attainable when it comes to sensitising the individuals to just accept the vaccine.

“The COVID-19 Taskforce Chairman, Sentor Baba Tela, is saddened by the flip of occasion and has directed us to right away take actions and be sure that all the pieces attainable was finished to sensitize the individuals to just accept the vaccination,” Dr Mohammed stated.

He attributed individuals’s rejection of the vaccine to the varied false impression about its efficiency, assuring, nevertheless, that the vaccine handed by way of rigorous processes earlier than its approval by the World Well being Organisation (WHO) for public use.

The BASPHCDA boss then appealed to group and non secular leaders to coach their followers on the necessity to take the vaccination, declaring that the vaccine has over 90 per cent safety efficiency towards the lethal pandemic.

In the meantime, Dr Mohammed has tasked the media to make use of its affect to make individuals settle for the vaccine within the State.

In response to him, “the media have a big affect on the success of the vaccination train. Your schooling, info and sensitization efforts will make individuals perceive all the pieces in regards to the train. The media is a strong instrument to get the vaccination accepted.”

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