Minister of health reveals side effect of COVID-19 vaccine

Minister of health reveals side effect of COVID-19 vaccine

- Nigeria has received the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines courtesy of the COVAX facility

- The federal government has commenced its COVID-19 vaccination with frontline health workers in Abuja

- Some top government officials have also been vaccinated

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Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has said the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has mild side effects.

Ehanire made the statement during a vaccination exercise at the presidential villa on Saturday, March 6, The Cable reported.

Minister of health reveals side effect of COVID-19 vaccine
President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo receive a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the presidential villa on Saturday, March 6. Photo: Buhari Sallau
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He explained that while the administration of the vaccine is expected to be painless, some vaccinated people may experience small pains.

The minister said:

“The process itself is simple. We are using a narrow gauge syringe, which will be very painless and it is a small quantity that is injected into the muscle of your upper arm.
“The after effect, as we know so far are mild. There can be a small pain in the area where it was injected.''

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Ehanire disclosed that a small percentage of people can feel a little bit of discomfort after receiving the jab.

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He, however, stated that there are no severe adverse effects associated with this vaccine.

Meanwhile, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has spoken about his experience shortly after receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

According to Daily Trust, Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday, March 6, said he did not feel any pinch while being vaccinated against coronavirus.

The vice president’s comments were contained in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

In another report, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all eligible Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to protect themselves from contracting the virus.

The president gave the advice on Saturday, March 6, shortly after he received the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, a presidential aide, Garba Shehu disclosed in a statement.

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Buhari asked all state governments, traditional and religious leaders to mobilise people in their jurisdictions to get vaccinated.

In another news, the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has said he won’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine because he does not need it.

The Punch reported that the governor made the statement when he spoke on Channels Television's Politics Today’ programme.

He argued that he does not have any medical condition that requires him to take the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the report that the coronavirus vaccine has been allocated to some rich people has been denied by the federal government.

This was disclosed by Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in an interview with Channels TV.

According to him, about 2.3 million Nigerians have registered to take the vaccines in less than 24 hours after the portal was opened.

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Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.

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