The first batch of the Astrazeneca vaccine has been rolled out to halt the ongoing spread of the covid-19 virus in Nigeria.
Some countries, mostly in Europe, have paused use of the Astrazeneca jab following sporadic reports of blood clots. However, the European Medicines Agency has said there is no indication of a link between the oxford –Astrazeneca vaccine and blood clots.
WHO also considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue.
SOME FACTS ABOUT THE VACCINE
The vaccines are safe and went through full reviews by experts
The vaccines were developed quickly because of the worldwide effort; COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers and the scientific community dropped everything else to develop the vaccine
Immunity from the vaccines is far safer than natural immunity
The vaccines will not change your DNA
The vaccines do not cause infertility
There is no microchip and no tracking device of any kind in either vaccine
Frequently Asked Questions
The Federal Government recently purchased 3 ultracold chain (UCC) equipment to store the vaccines
Nigeria through the routine immunization delivery system already has enough storage capacity at the national, zonal, state, LGA, ward and health facility levels.
Health Facilities have Solar Cold Chain Equipment to ensure that the potency of the vaccine is maintained
Can the vaccine infect me with COVID-19?
No! the vaccine cannot infect you with COVID-19. It is meant to protect you from COVID -19 infection. Once your vaccination doses are complete, you become protected
Is it safe to get the vaccine if I have an underlying condition?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying medical conditions as they are more likely to get very sick from an infection with the virus.
Who should be excluded from receiving Covid-19 vaccines?
Medical professionals can best advise individuals on whether or not they should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, based on available evidence, people with the following health conditions should generally be excluded from COVID-19 vaccination in order to avoid possible adverse effects:
If you have a history of severe allergic reactions to any ingredients of the COVID-19 vaccine
If you are currently sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, though you can get vaccinated once your primary symptoms have resolved.
How Long Will the Immunity Last for Those Who Get a Vaccine
Coronavirus vaccines are still so new that more time is needed to study how long immunity lasts. Studies currently available show that people who were vaccinated had a very strong immunity to COVID-19. It looks like immunity will last a while, but researchers need to follow immune levels over time. At this point, we're not sure if immunity will last a year or 10 years, or if there will be a need for a booster shot at some point.
ADVERSE EFFECTS FOLLOWING VACCINATION
Like any vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines can cause mild to moderate side effects.
Most reactions are mild and go away within a few days on their own.
They include: fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, Nausea, diarrhoea, and pain at the injection site.
If any of the side effects become problematic, call the number of the LGA Disease Surveillance Notification Officer provided at the back of the Covid-19 vaccination card/download the MED SAFETY app to log your complaints
Why You Should Take the Vaccine
The vaccine has been declared safe by the World Health Organization
Health workers have been extensively trained on the vaccine administration
It will reduce your probability of contracting the virus
If you get infected, it will help you from getting really ill
Over 8,000 people have been vaccinated in Nigeria with no adverse reactions reported yet!
WHAT SHOULD I DO/NOT DO AFTER GETTING VACCINATED
To be sure you don't have a serious reaction, you will have to wait 15 minutes before you leave the vaccination site (30 minutes if you have a history of strong allergic reactions). After that, you can go about your day as normal – maybe with a touch of moderation.
Continue to practice the preventive measures. This is because getting the vaccine does not stop you from getting exposed to someone who has been infected, but the vaccination and development of immunity will stop the infection from progressing to disease