Covid-19: No one would be compelled to take vaccine – Edo govt

Covid-19: No one would be compelled to take vaccine – Edo govt

Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:55 am

COVID-19 Vaccine

By Jethro Ibileke/Benin
The Edo state government on Friday said that no one would be compelled to take the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine, against his or her wish.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in the state, Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, who disclosed this on Friday, dispelled rumours around Covid-19  vaccines safety.
He disclosed that a significant number of people have expressed their willingness to be vaccinated by voluntarily registering for it.
He said: “First and foremost, we have had significant and impressive feelings that many persons want to take the vaccines as well the fact that we have also had some people with a different opinion that they do not want to take the vaccines because of some innate fears that are not really medically justified.
“However, from that we have planned out in the country and in the State, there is no compulsion that people must take the vaccines. It is self-registration. You have to register before you can take the vaccines…Invariably, nobody will be arrested and compelled to take the vaccines.”
The Permanent Secretary emphasized that the state government has outlined health workers, religious leaders and  other key players as the first batch of people that the vaccines would be administered to from the first batch of 81,080 doses of vaccines.
On her part, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Edo State, Mrs. Faith Ireye, said all the necessary logistics had been put in place for a hitch-free exercise at the designated temporary fixed posts and primary healthcare centres in the state.
Also speaking, the Director of Primary Healthcare in the state ministry of health, Dr. David Dakko, appealed to the media ppto help raise awareness on the efficacy of the vaccines as well as their safety.
“We will need the press to help us to dispel some of the rumours that are going around so that people would be at peace.
“There are a lot of rumours that are going around, almost all of them are unfounded. And over time, if a lot of us take the vaccines, it will look as if we are developing herd immunity. So, we can now all go out safely such that life can now return back as normal,” Dakko stressed.

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