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NMA President Says Vaccinated Persons Must Still be Careful

NMA President Says Vaccinated Persons Must Still be Careful

The President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Innocent Ujah, has warned the public to be cautious, saying being vaccinated doesn’t mean they should be careless to risk COVID-19 infection.

Ujah gave the advice during the 11th Annual Symposium of the Health Writers Association Of Nigeria (HEWAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

The symposium was themed; “Building Confidence In COVID-19 Vaccines”, and sub themed: “Addressing COVID-19 Hesitancy In Nigeria: The Role Of The Media.”

Ujah said preventive measures should still be adhered to, noting that research was ongoing to ascertain the degree of protection vaccines provide against the virus and transmission.

According to him, there is an urgent need to inoculate more Nigerians against the virus toward achieving herd immunity quickly.

The NMA president noted that the available vaccines in the country were more than the population that had been vaccinated, stressing the need to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

Ujah said vaccine hesitancy was fueled by mistrust, complacency, fear and misinformation, noting that the media have a role to play in educating the public on the importance of vaccine.

He appealed to world leaders to ensure equitable access to the vaccine, especially for the most vulnerable people.

According to him, Africa must stop its dependence on other countries for vaccine, noting that the continent must develop vaccine production capacity.

Ujah was represented by Dr Saliu Oseni, Deputy Secretary, Nigerian Medical Association.


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