COVID-19 vaccine not harmful ― Plateau govt

Plateau State government has debunked the insinuation that the COVID-19 vaccine is harmful and also that it would further make people more vulnerable to the deadly disease.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Nimkong Lar, who debunked the insinuation in an interview in Jos said “administering the vaccine on government officials including the President, the Vice President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was enough evidence to show the general public of the authenticity of the vaccine,” which was parts of government intervention to arrest the pathetic situation.

“Those behind the insinuations are just mischief-makers who simply want to frustrate government efforts in eradicating the pandemic. One of the reasons it was administered on top government functionaries involving the President and others was to convince Nigerians that there’s no harm in it, as it is being speculated in some quarters,” he said.

He said Plateau State is one of the epic centres of the deadly virus and would soon receive its share of the vaccine, adding that adequate arrangements have made in this regard.

“The vaccine will soon arrive at Plateau State, we have made adequate arrangements in this regard. We have quite a lot of places where the vaccine can be stored, storage facilities are no problem. The EU Prime centre at the state secretariat is there alongside other places.”

On those who will be among the first batch, Dr Lar said the vaccine doses will be rolled out in four phases adding that the first recipients will be front-line health workers, support staff and strategic leadership, followed by individuals ages 50 years and above.

According to him, the third phase will cover individuals ages 18 to 49 with relevant medical conditions, while the last group will be the remaining eligible population, which is made up of individuals ranging from ages 18 to 49 without relevant medical conditions.

He urged the people of the State to register online and be prepared to be vaccinated whenever it gets to their turn and further implored them to continue to observe all the COVID-19 protocols as a way of fighting the pandemic.

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