Arrival Of COVID-19 Vaccines To Nigeria, Prompts Mixed-Reactions

Arrival Of COVID-19 Vaccines To Nigeria, Prompts Mixed-Reactions

By Joel Ajayi

Arrival of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the African Union on Tuesday, the 2nd of March 2021 has prompted a mixed reaction from resident.

It will be recalled that the African Union initially secured 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers for member states.

Last week it was announced that the bloc would receive another 400 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Nigeria however, applied for 41 million doses of a combination of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

The country is now in the midst of the second wave of COVID infections which is straining an already fragile health system. Nigeria has rolled out national vaccination strategies, as officials have secured a 3.92 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for the citizens.

However, the Federal government has confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines has arrived Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

AljazirahNigeria who went out on Tuesday to feel the impulse of the resident revealed that many are not ready to receive the vaccines while many see it as an avenue to siphoned taxpayers’ money.

As at time of filling this report, Nigeria as a country has 156,017 total number of  Coronavirus Cases, 1,915 death while 133,904 have recover so far

According to Mr Nwogwu Emeke, “Let them share it to their families the way they share our money, I will not take it and I will not allow any of my family to do so.

“They are just fooling themselves, there is no COVID-19 in Nigeria, they are just using it to make more money, and these people are wicked, if they can buy one face mask of 100 at 20,000 to 25,000 what else can they not do.”

As for Bimbo Ogunkoya, “it’s for the good of all Nigerians, I will take the vaccine if it doesn’t have side effect.”

As for Abdul Onimisi, he said: “I will take the vaccines only if Governor of Kogi state Yahaya Bello take it.” 

On his own, Tolulope Ajayi; “Unless they put a knife on my neck, I will not allow any of my family members to take it because it is a killer drug, I will not allow this government to kill us. Our medicine is far, far better than the medicine. I will never take it.”

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