A medical expert from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Ayoola Ademola, has corrected the misconstrued impression made in some quarters that the COVID-19 vaccine is the Biblical mark of the beast.
Ademola gave this correction while enlightening members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2021 Batch A on the various misconceptions and misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines and their development, at the Permanent Orientation Camp, Ede.
According to the medical expert, the virus was first traced to an animal market in Wuhan, China and the transmission mode is from human to human through coughing and sneezing.
He revealed that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose adding that there are two types of symptoms; the symptomatic and asymptomatic.
Whe emphasising that the information was false and misleading, he implored everyone to adhere strictly to the preventive measures that have been proven to control the virus which include proper use of alcohol based hand sanitisers, washing of hands often with soap and running water, using of face masks and adopting proper cough etiquette like coughing into a disposable tissue, avoiding social gatherings and close contact with infected persons.
The NCDC expert disclosed that COVID-19 vaccine has been developed in a very short time and that there are various types of vaccine which include Novavax, Morderna, Johnson and Johnson, Oxford AstraZeneca, BioNtech Pfizer, SinoVax and so on.
According to him, “There are about 64,240 vaccines in Osun State which will be administered in four stages: the frontline workers, the elderly, those with health conditions and lastly, those within the ages of 18 and 49 years. He went further to say that the vaccines are not administered to children and pregnant women due to the likely side effects of the vaccine.
“The main vaccine used in Nigeria which is the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is said to have an efficacy of 63.09% against the corona virus and if one has taken a particular vaccine for their first dose, then the exact type of vaccine should be used for the second dose.”
While assuring that the vaccine had been reviewed by the World Health Organization (WHO) before its arrival in the country, he added that once an individual is infected with the virus, the vaccine can not be administered until the individual is tested negative from the virus.
Dr. Ayoola advised the corps members to be responsible for themselves and also for others around them and the larger society.