The Federal Government has faulted claim that the vaccines developed to tackle coronavirus pandemic have negative effect, saying rumours been spread about magnetic and other side effects were false and aimed at discouraging Nigerians from protecting themselves against fhe killer disease.
It explained that contrary to the reports and video clips been circulated online about COVID-19 magnetic side effects, health sector stakeholders, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) would not certify harmful vaccines for administration across the globe.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, noted that it was disturbing that some Nigerians were believing conspiracy theories more than scientific proven data on the available vaccines.
He added while the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would spare no efforts in protecting Nigerians from the killer disease, all hands must be on deck to eradicate COVID-19 pandemic across the country and globally as no one is safe until the virus is wiped out.
Briefing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the minister explained that because of the nature of the virus, states in the country and nations of the world should work very hard to completely eradicate the pandemic.
He said that the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) had been working with relevant stakeholders to address the rising cases of COVID-19 especially the Delta variant discovered in some states.
According to him, one thing about COVID-19 is that it has no boundary, it has no geographical boundary, it has no physical boundary and then until and unless we wipe out COVID-19, no one is safe.
“The Risk Communication Pillar of the PSC is working with the traditional rulers, religious leaders, and the media in particular and also influencers to really encourage people to take the vaccine. With the coming of the delta variant, we have held consultations with the leadership of the state governments advising them on what step to take.
“In particular, we have advised them to improve on their system, to ramp up testing especially at health facilities, to revive their case management, isolation and treatment and to also ensure that advocacy and community mobilisation are improved.
“We are appealing to Nigerians to take the opportunity of the new batch, to go and be vaccinated, they should please ignore all these rumours about the vaccine, that the vaccine has magnetic effect or that the purpose of the vaccine is to depopulate certain part of the country.
“If these vaccines are not safe, the World Health Organisation will not approve them. They are safe, and they do save lives. At this, I want to also commend Nigerians for the enthusiasm with which they responded to our appeal and call during the administration of the first batch of the vaccine.
“We are proud and glad to say that not one single dose expired, we were able to administer the vaccine at the targeted population and this new vaccine which arrived last week is about four million plus also. We intend this time around to look at general population especially those who are 18 and above,” he said.
The minister also urged those who had taken vaccines in the country to still continue to observe non-pharmaceutical interventions.