Covid-19 vaccine: NSCDC boss encourages personnel

Gloria Essien, Abuja

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The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, has encouraged personnel of the paramilitary agency to get the Covid-19 vaccine as it is safe.

He was speaking after he received the AstraZeneca jab at the Corps headquarters in Abuja.

Dr Audi said that the vaccine was safe for all as he felt healthy after the vaccination and had directed officers and men in other states to follow his lead.

He said that as front-liners, the FCT Covid-19 medical team had assured the Corps that the vaccine was readily available for all who wished to be vaccinated.

The Commandant General also said that vaccination was ongoing simultaneously at the FCT Command of the Corps and the vaccination team were ready to respond to questions and doubts of personnel.

The Executive Director of the Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care, Dr Iwot Ndaeyo, applauded the CG for voluntarily offering himself as an example to his officers and men.

“We thank the CG for understanding that this was necessary based on the risks faced by officers in line of duty.

“This same exercise is expected to happen across the 36 states and FCT; with a joint effort here, all officers in Abuja will be vaccinated’, Ndaeyo said.

He also said that when the second dose of the vaccine is in circulation, jabs will also be administered to the Corps.

He stated that the vaccine was available at all the approved vaccination centers in the territory with about 40,000 doses of the vaccine yet to be administered.

He urged Nigerians to get vaccinated as there was nothing attached to the vaccination.

The vaccination is part of the efforts of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency’s efforts to get Nigerians to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

 

Nneka Ukachukwu

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