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COVID-19 vaccine is safe, Says NMA

By Ugbede Usman

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has said that COVID-19 vaccine procured by Nigeria is safe, and advised people to avail themselves for vaccination. This was made known by the NMA Chairman in Kwara, Prof. Baba Issa, he gave the advise in a chat with journalists in Ilorin, while responding to question on the safety of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reported that about 10 European countries has suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine due to claims of blood clots resulting from the usage. Issa said, “It depends on the vaccine that they are taking, but the one we have in Nigeria made by AstraZeneca company is known to be safe and efficacious.

“That is why Nigeria has keyed into it and the Kwara Government has taken delivery of some doses of the vaccine. So I’ll advise people to take it, it is safe and it is very effective,” “Herd immunity is resistance to the spread of an infectious disease within a population that is based on pre-existing immunity of high proportion of individuals as a result of previous infection or vaccination, he added.

The NMA boss urged those who have been vaccinated against the disease to continue to observe all the COVID-19 protocols, such as physical distancing, wearing of facemasks and washing of hands.


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