Opposite to insinuations in some quarters that the just-completed yellow fever vaccination train performed in Bauchi State is to function COVID-19 vaccination, the Govt Secretary, Bauchi State Major Well being Care Improvement Company (BSPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, has declared that yellow fever vaccines aren’t the identical as COVID-19 vaccines.
The BSPHCDA had between Monday, 18th of January and Wednesday, twenty seventh January, 2021 carried out yellow fever vaccination train, concentrating on seven million folks to be vaccinated in the course of the train.
It, nonetheless, excluded 30 wards in Alkaleri; Bauchi; Kirfi and Tafawa Balewa Native Authorities Areas of the State the place comparable workout routines had been performed in 2019 and 2020.
Rumours are rife within the State that the yellow fever vaccination was meant to cowl for COVID-19, making some to conclude that there is no such thing as a want for them to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when the vaccines are dropped at the State.
Debunking this in an unique interview with DAILY POST, Dr Mohammed declared that it was a mere false impression, saying that yellow fever vaccines aren’t the identical as COVID-19 vaccines.
“The misperception is that we began yellow fever marketing campaign and they’re pondering that it’s coronavirus vaccine.
“Let everyone bury of their hearts that the vaccine that the Federal Authorities dropped at Bauchi State, seven million vaccines for yellow fever is coronavirus vaccine,” the BSPHCDA boss declared.
He mentioned that COVID-19 vaccines are but to reach in Nigeria, including that they’re being anticipated by the top of the month.
Mohammed knowledgeable that the Federal Authorities had been sensitising Nigerians forward of the COVID-19 vaccine’s arrival.
“We nonetheless attraction to the general public that the Federal Authorities is doing all it takes to truly sensitise the folks by non secular teams, group sensitisation,” he mentioned.
In contrast to yellow fever vaccines which is as soon as in a lifetime, Dr Mohammed knowledgeable that the COVID-19 vaccine was to be taken twice in three weeks, including that Bauchi State is simply anticipating 1,900 COVID-19 vaccines anytime from now.
“The entire nation is receiving 100,000 doses (of COVID-19 vaccine), Bauchi State is receiving 1,900 first doses. The second dose goes to be repeated after 21 days. First dose of the vaccine will give 50% safety after which the second dose offers you 100% safety,” he knowledgeable.
He added that the primary batch of vaccine being anticipated was produced by Pfizer, including that the Nigerian authorities had since deliberate to buy Covax vaccine.
In response to the BSPHCDA Govt Secretary, “the second batch of the vaccine that’s coming, which the Federal Authorities is planning to buy from the producers, we’ve already despatched our request; the Federal Authorities has already forwarded a request for the acquisition of the Covax vaccines.”