At crack of the destroy of day on 25th March 2021, Harriet Jai Jagne took a 15 minutes’ pressure from Fajara to Brussibi, to gain a lifesaving replacement, COVID19 vaccine. She changed into accompanied by her daughter. On the same date a sizeable replacement of oldsters turned out for the vaccine. The venue changed into properly ventilated, below a immense corrugated colour to supply protection to both the vaccines and individuals from tell sunlight which shone realizing by the blue sky. Harriet patiently adopted the queue except it changed into her turn.
Harriet is over 65 years and suits the criteria put by Ministry of Health to receive COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will supply protection to her and individuals around her“I came for the vaccine to supply protection to myself and to supply protection to humanity. By preserving myself it methodology I obtained’t menace contributing to the transmission of COVID-19 disease to others,” acknowledged Harriet.
Based fully mostly on Harriet, COVID-19 can affect all individuals. “Since it is an endemic, all individuals looks to be at menace. So, it is healthier to carry the compulsory precautions than to support except you is at possibility of be infected. Even as you gain infected you by no methodology know whether or no longer that you have to dwell on or no longer,” acknowledged Harriete.
Harriet explains her ordeal earlier than coming for vaccination and difficulty of clotting carry out which changed into rampant in media.
“I changed into moderately hesitant. I heard about AstraZeneca vaccine on the news and there changed into a fright of doable blood clots in consequence of the vaccine,” acknowledged Harriet.
Fortunately, Harriet’s friend shared her journey after being vaccinated and inspired her to receive the COVID-19 vaccine jab.
“I changed into convinced by a buddy of mine who took the jab earlier than me. She acknowledged she had no blood clots. I then determined to carry the vaccine. After taking the vaccine, I’m feeling properly within my body,” added Harriet.
Harriet changed into by non-adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures amongst some individuals.
“Sadly entirely a pair of persons are following precautions of combating COVID-19. You trudge out and appreciate entirely a pair of individuals wearing masks. I in actuality possess viewed so many participants entertaining with out masks. This is compounded by no longer training handwashing and repairs of social distancing,” Harriet acknowledged.
Harriet raised the socio-cultural disorders that are hindering the fight in opposition to COVID-19 in The Gambia. “Of us easy assist weddings, funerals and christening events. Being a household member when you is at possibility of be invited that you have to’t no longer relate I’m no longer attending.” Talked about Harriet.
“Even as you is at possibility of be going to support gatherings, manufacture obvious that you have to presumably presumably possess your masks on and apply hand hygiene. Additionally, abet faraway from handshaking or hugging with individuals,” added Harriet.
The WHO collectively with COVAX partners is working tough to verify gorgeous and equitable gain admission to of COVID-19 vaccines internationally, collectively with The Gambia. WHO is additionally offering give a boost to to Ministry of Health to verify surveillance of any COVID-19 vaccine linked facet results, and to verify individuals receive early and proper management of any facet carry out.
Based fully mostly on Fatoumata Jah Sowe, Deputy Director at Medicines Preserve watch over Company (MCA), COVID-19 vaccine is safe and any individual who develops facet results have to checklist on the closest properly being centre.
“The public have to arrive out and carry the COVID-19 vaccine. All vaccines could well simply lead to very rare facet results, that are principally very gentle and COVID-19 vaccine is no longer an exception. Now we possess assign in self-discipline measures to fabricate obvious individuals who journey facet results are managed promptly. The vaccines are safe and had been permitted by Medication Preserve watch over Company of The Gambia,” acknowledged Fatoumata Jah Sowe.