Don’t hoard vaccines like palliatives – Nigerian People beg - COVID-19
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The arrival of COVID-19 Vaccine in Abuja has stirred reactions and concerns from Nigerian People, particularly social media users.
Press reported earlier that 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and shipped via the COVAX facility arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Abuja on Tuesday.
While some Nigerian People celebrated the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, describing it as a great step to curb the virus, others expressed concern about the distribution and storage process.
Some pleaded with the government to ensure the vaccine is not hoarded like palliatives and distributed to those at the grassroots level.
They also demanded that the government sensitize the public in order to convince Nigerian People to take the vaccine.
Here are some comments gathered by Press from Twitter;
@Mechninja1 “ A good and welcome development. I hope there are plans to ensure Nigerian People get vaccines to about 80% of the population before the end of the year?
@Abdulgarbadu1 “ Nigerian People don’t need vaccines, we only need security and low cost of living!
@Isuzu2017 “I hope we have the right faculty to store/preserve the vaccines? They should not inject people with contaminated vaccines oh.”
@ab_seyi “ Yes, time for senators, house of rep members and others to take and hoard the vaccine, if they could hoard indomie. It’s enough to get the vaccine to Nigeria, but what is the plan to roll the vaccine out? Are the most vulnerable going to be targeted or the wealthiest?
@Obiee_o “ The bigger problem here will be convincing the Nigerian populace to take it. Over 70% of the population will rather die than take the vaccine.”
@therealdaddymo1 “ Let’s hope this rollout is managed properly! Let’s hope the Naija factor doesn’t play a role. Hope anyhowness doesn’t feature. It’s literally a matter of life and death.”
@Abioye_seezy “ Great news that awakens the soul.”
@Omolaraoriye “I just want to beg our politicians and government officials, don’t treat this like you did the palliatives! You do not need more than 1 dose, you cannot save it for your children neither can you save vaccines for your birthday celebration. Just saying.”
@Fawkes_dr “I trust the powers that be and the makers and shakers of society to share this amongst themselves and hoard them again like the palliatives of last year. Prove me wrong.”
@Drmuzoic “ Can the politicians disappoint Nigerian People for once and allow this vaccine get to the masses seamlessly?
@Trailblazer2004 “ Please o, as this thing dey arrive, make una share am kiakia before Boko Haram go come kidnap am. COVID-19 vaccines na life ooh.” [sic].
@Codshalom1 “I just hope this will not end up like the Palliatives that ended up stored in politicians’ warehouses even some used/rebranded it as party gift items. This COVID -19 Vaccine is for everyone… If all the Politicians receive their shots, it will still go far!
@bylinks “ Great news and a very landmark achievement for COVID19 response activities.”
@Collinspius “ I hope our politicians would not start hoarding the vaccines?”
@techlinenigga “ Our leaders should line up and get the vaccine first. Maybe everything will work very well.”
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