The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has called on all religious and political leaders to sensitize the public that the AstraZeneca vaccine has no side effect on the body.
He stated this at the second phase of the sensitization meeting with Islamic scholars on COVID-19 vaccination.
Dr Faisal Shuaib added that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe for the use of Nigerians.
“The UK Medical Regulatory has conducted an investigation, and came back with a report that the vaccine is safe and effective, and the AstraZeneca has no effect on blood clotting.
It is true that all drugs has side effects, but when the positive effect is greater than the negative effect, then that drugs is safe,and same applies to the AstraZeneca vaccine, and so we should endorse it.”
He further added that all stakeholders in the health sector should have a common understanding regarding the issue of COVID-19 vaccination.
“It will ensure successful admission of AstraZeneca vaccine as a COVID-19 pandemic prevention and precaution measures.
The good news is that the European Medical Agency has come out to say that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, and even France and Germany with Spain has began using the vaccine again.”
Prof Marya Aminu, The head Microbiology Department,Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,
disclosed that the AstraZeneca vaccine has no effect on pregnant women and all women in general.
“COVID-19 is just like any other vaccine that we have been taking in times past.
The truth of the matter is that it is reliable for prevention and control approaches to infection morbidity”
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire explained the Astrareneca vaccine is safe, and that nobody is going to force anyone to take the vaccine, but that it will be at individual’s volition.
Ehanire noted that even though AstraZeneca vaccines has some side effects, it is like paracetamol or malaria drugs, which it’s positive effect outweighs the negative effect, and same applies to the AstraZeneca vaccines.
“Vaccine is a gift from God, if not how can you imagine a vaccine that is usually developed in four years being developed within one year, and so the vaccine is a free gift , and so I charge all of you to go and get vaccinated, because that is the best we have so far.”
He further encouraged political leaders, religious leaders and the general public to ensure that they are vaccinated for the prevention of COVID-19.
His Eminence Alh, Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar,GFR, Sultan of Sokoto and the president of National Supreme Council of the Islamic Affairs, urged the Minister to ensure that all political and religious leaders are vaccinated twice, before the common man are allowed to vaccinate.