Abuja, 25 March, 2021 – Frontline wisely being staff in Lagos Boom who maintain received the Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine expressed optimism that the vaccine will boost the extent of their immunity against the disease. They additionally talked about receiving the vaccine has increased their level of self assurance in discharging their duties effectively.
For Queen Ndochinwa, a nursing officer on the Infectious Disease Properly being facility, Lagos, taking the vaccine is a obvious step to containing the virus and reducing the an infection rate amongst frontline wisely being staff who had been working tirelessly since the inception of the outbreak in Nigeria.
“I am cushty that I am fragment of those receiving the vaccine, and I maintain safe now, particularly after being uncovered to COVID-19 patients. Psychologically and mentally, I maintain safe now. I am ready to head support to attending to my affected person. With this first dose, I maintain 63 per cent assurance of being trusty against the disease. The protection should always lengthen after I capture the second dose, nonetheless now I maintain cushty that we are able to capture the vaccine in Nigeria”, she talked about.
Lagos advise started its coronavirus vaccination campaign on 12 March 2021, after receiving over 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility, which arrived in Nigeria earlier this month.
Lift that on 02 March 2021, Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine throughout the COVAX Facility. The COVAX facility is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Properly being Group (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), working in partnership with UNICEF to boot to the World Monetary institution, civil society organizations, producers, and others.
COVAX is fragment of the Obtain entry to to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a floor-breaking global collaboration to scuttle pattern, manufacturing, and equitable access to COVID-19 assessments, remedies, and vaccines.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca doses manufactured by the Serum Institute of India used to be the first wave of arrivals in Nigeria. Extra are expected in-country within the impending weeks. Nigeria, on its fragment, has disbursed the vaccines to a pair States and the Federal Capital Territory to kick-starting up the vaccination exercise.
For Dr Abimbola Bowale, the Scientific Director, Infectious Illnesses, Yaba, Lagos Boom, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as a frontline wisely being worker is an staunch step. He additionally inspired Nigeria if given the different to get the vaccine as it is given to hundreds and hundreds of oldsters worldwide, and it has been proven safe.
“It’s an staunch thing to maintain received the COVID-19 vaccine, as this would possibly per chance well guarantee some level of protection whereas peaceable observing excessive An infection prevention and preserve watch over (IPC) measures whereas attending to my patients.
“I am assured about the science on the support of it. I’ll expose Nigeria’s who maintain the different to catch the vaccine to capture it as this would possibly per chance well offer protection to them and their kin, he talked about.
Meanwhile, Lagos Boom Commissioner for Properly being, Professor Akin Abayomi, who used to be the first recipient of the COVID-19 jab Lagos Boom talked about “the vaccine’s advantages proceed to outweigh its risks, and the conversation from WHO and relevant govt companies offers us the self assurance to proceed with vaccination to cease a third wave of the pandemic.”
For the time being, Lagos is the epicentre of the covid-19 pandemic. This first phase of COVID-19 vaccination targets frontline wisely being staff, laboratory workers, COVID-19 Fast Response Crew, the Police, and strategic leaders, amongst others.
Professor Abayomi assured Nigeria’s of the protection of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. While appreciating WHO and companions for their continuous support in containing the outbreak in Lagos Boom, he advised folks which maintain the different to catch the vaccine to capture it.
“While the vaccine is no longer but on hand to everyone, folks should always proceed to stick with the laid down precautionary measure till the COVID-19 curve is flattened within the advise. It would had been nearly advanced for us to catch the job of containing the disease by myself. Now we maintain worked with companions, together with WHO, to jam up the Lagos Boom Ministry of wisely being response and the Boom emergency operations centre (EOC). They additionally supplied materials for coaching. The protocol we feeble for treatment within the advise is what WHO supplied”, he added.
Dr JEAN BAPTISTE, Anne Eudes. E mail: jeana [at] who.int; Tel: +234 813 173 6281