My COVID-19 Vaccine Experience – Sufi
Musa Sani Aliyu
A sustainable development advocate and Kano state coordinator of The Challenge Initiative(TCI), Dr. Musa Abdullahi Sufi has said that he felt perfectly fine after he was injected with a dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Sufi who was among the first set of Kano State citizens to be injected with the Astrazaneca vaccine, said besides some negligible side effect after taking the dose, the Vaccine is safe.
He relayed his experience during a media interaction with some Journalist, Thursday.
Sufi, who is also the Coordinator of the Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo Foundation, was injected with the COVID-19 vaccine at the Gwagwarwa Primary Healthcare Center in Nassarawa Local Government, of Kano state.
“After taking the shot many people were calling me on phone to confirm my health status, someone even called me to confirm wheather i”m dead or still breathing. I’m here, I am fine” he said.
In an effort to encourage residents and reassure the country and community safety of the vaccine, as the rollout to public gets near, he expressed confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccine and encouraged Nigerian’s to receive one as soon as it becomes available to them.
“In the near future without the certificate of this vaccine, one cannot even travel abroad, seek admissions and other important endeavors, I call on everyone to enrol in the vaccination exercise, as in the future it will become arduous.”
Dr. Sufi commended the tireless efforts of global scientists, doctors and other health professionals, noting that their collective efforts has resulted to the development of several safe and effective vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics within a very short period of time.
“These are remarkable achievement. The collaboration between the private sector, governments, global manufacturing capacity for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is highly commendable,” he quipped.
He called on people to shun misinformations circulating around on the vaccines,”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says nearly seven million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Africa.
WHO Regional Office for Africa disclosed this in a statement issued from its headquarters in Brazzaville, Congo, on Thursday.
It stated that the vaccines had been administered after months of waiting on the side-lines for vaccines and many of the first wave of countries had started vaccinating high-risk groups.
In Nigeria, the first group to receive the vaccine include Health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, influencial figures in the society as this will encouraged masses adoption, as recommended by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19.
Others in line are older adults, ages 60 and beyond who are vulnerable groups.