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Refusal to take COVID-19 vaccine prevents Christian pilgrims, University professors from travelling

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Seven intending Christian pilgrims from Bauchi State have been prevented from embarking on holy pilgrimage to Israel because of their refusal to be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine, whilst 18 dons from two universities within the state have volunteered to take doses of the vaccine.

This was revealed by the Government Chairman of the Bauchi State Main Healthcare Improvement Company (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed whereas talking with journalists in Bauchi on Friday.

DAILY POST had reported on Wednesday that Dr Mohammed had decried the skepticism confirmed by the folks of the state in the direction of the COVID-19 vaccination, including that some who didn’t take the vaccine wished to be issued with vaccination playing cards, an act he warned in opposition to.

Dr Mohammed declared that the truth that the intending Christian pilgrims couldn’t make the journey to the holy land was a sign that the world was taking the difficulty of vaccination for the lethal COVID-19 pandemic significantly.

He stated within the nearest future, proof of being vaccinated would change into a part of the brand new regular not solely within the nation however all around the world.

The BASPHCDA boss knowledgeable that as quickly because the state rolls out the second section of COVID-19 vaccination, 17 professors from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College (ATBU), Bauchi and one other don from the Bauchi State College, Gadau, got here ahead to take the vaccine.

“Instantly they heard that we had obtained provide of vaccine, they shortly got here to the company to take their jabs. The rationale was that they wished to journey overseas however had been refused travelling paperwork.

“So, they needed to come again to take it. One other particular person got here from the State College in Gadau to take the vaccination. You possibly can see how essential it’s,” Dr Mohammed asserted.

Talking on the necessity for elevated enlightenment and consciousness marketing campaign, Mohammed urged the media within the state to affix in educating folks about the necessity to get the vaccine, including that the media additionally must disabuse folks’s minds on the misconceptions and misinformation they’ve concerning the vaccine.

He decried a state of affairs the place media professionals who must be within the forefront of the marketing campaign in opposition to the unfold of COVID-19 usually are not doing sufficient by way of being educated.

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“To my shock, only some media males are right here for the coaching. We have to have extra of you folks right here to debate the matter of COVID-19 vaccination.”

He disclosed that regardless of nonetheless having about 21,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine unused, Bauchi State nonetheless obtained one other supply of the vaccine, saying that each one are being saved within the sgency’s chilly room retailer.

“Now, the primary and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered however we nonetheless have about 21,000. We obtained one other supply of the vaccine yesterday (Thursday). It’s in our retailer.”

With the nation getting different manufacturers of vaccine, the BASPHCDA government chairman, nevertheless, warned in opposition to folks taking completely different COVID-19 vaccines, saying that it will not assist immunity.

In response to Mohammed, “individuals are making errors. In the event that they take one vaccine, they are going to wish to take one other completely different vaccine; that’s completely fallacious. That isn’t acceptable, it won’t assist the immunity; it might even have an effect on the immunity.”

He known as on folks to not panic in the event that they expertise any unwanted effects like fever after they take the vaccine, saying that they need to simply take paracetamol.

“We have now folks that have extreme fever, some are gentle fever. These are anticipated in any vaccination. The essential factor is to know that there is no such thing as a trigger for alarm. As quickly as any of the signs is seen, the particular person ought to simply take PCM. They need to not wait and will report back to the closest well being facility instantly.

“Folks can have response and hold quiet and die in silence. We have now NAFDAC right here and they’re working to make sure that the vaccine stays potent. They’re coaching folks on deal with the state of affairs.

“We’re doing all the things doable to see ameliorate the struggling. We have to educate the folks to know that the vaccine is a brand new product and has a gentle fever so we have to take paracetamol after which report back to the closest well being facility for administration.”

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