Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

COVID-19: Vaccination continues, we haven’t seen unusual reactions – Health Minister

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Victoria Ogunrinde

The Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, said Nigeria would continue to administer the Covid-19 vaccine as suspending the vaccine would amount to a fire brigade approach.

Mamora while speaking with the PUNCH on Thursday evening also said since Nigeria rolled out the vaccine last week, there had been no recorded severe side effects.

The minister stated that apart from being approved by the World Health Organisation, the vaccine had also been endorsed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for emergency use.

He argued that persons who died of the vaccine use in Europe might have had other co-morbidities or complications that led to their death, adding that it was best for regulatory agencies to complete their probe before any conclusions were made.

He said, “We have not had any unusual reaction from any of the doses administered. I have taken it and I have not felt unusual and no one has been established to have had it so far. So, we cannot just suspend right now. That would amount to a fire brigade approach.

“We will continue to administer doses and monitor reactions of all those who have taken the vaccines. We are not going to suspend vaccination just because some countries have done so.”

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