Nigerian nurses, under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), have urged Nigerians, especially health workers, to ensure they get vaccinated against COVID-19 infection.
Chief Solomon Egwuenu, the National President of the association, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki.
The association also commended the Federal Government for providing the COVID-19 vaccines to Nigerians and urged Nigerians to disregard negative conspiracies about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Egwuenu said that the association began tracking the effects of the vaccination since it started in the country and could authoritatively say that the benefits outweighed any risk by far.
According to him, most Nigerians who have been vaccinated experience no adverse reaction.
He commended the Federal Government for the purchase of the vaccines and urged it to ensure that the vaccines got to all the nooks and crannies of the nation to ensure a healthy life for Nigerians.
Egwuenu encouraged members of the association and other health personnel to take the vaccine without delay for their safety since they work in close contact with patients.
On his part, the association’s National Secretary, Philip Eteng, noted that the Nigerian health system could not be further compromised by a resurgence of COVID-19.
He urged Nigerians to disregard COVID-19 conspiracy theories from non scientists.
He, therefore, said that the vaccine was a welcome development and advised Nigerians to shun negative comments concerning the vaccine and its potency.
Eteng urged health workers, especially nurses, who stayed closest to patients round-the-clock to get vaccinated to forestall COVID-19 related clinical hazards.