Some Journalist on the Plateau Share Their Experience with the COVID-19 Vaccine
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on March 25, 2021
Earlier in March, Nigeria received nearly 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF, and WHO.
The arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what will be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history yet it came in the midst of many misinformation and conspiracy theories about the Astrazeneca vaccine.
On the Plateau, the Governor and other top government officials took their first dose of the vaccine on the 15th of March, 2021. It also marked the flag-off for vaccination on the Plateau.
Some Journalists across the state also took theirs, since they’re at the forefront of providing authentic information as regards COVID-19, Opeyemi Akinyode a Broadcast Journalist and Socio-Political Analyst at Jay FM Jos, and Deji Ogeyingbo, Sports Journalist about the vaccine and their experience.
JOA: You took the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine a few days ago, what do you have to say as opposed to the conspiracy theories?
Opeyemi: The truth is this, it’s gonna be hard for people to trust the system. A lot of sentiments are flying around, but Science is Factual, it’s empirical and it doesn’t respect your sentiments.
Deji: It’s certainly a thing of the mindset that people need to snap out negatively. The vaccine is meant to prevent you from catching the virus and like every other vaccine, it’s painless.
JOA: As a Journalist, what efforts are you making to curb misinformation about the vaccine?
Opeyemi: Taking the vaccine alone is a major step towards enlightening the people. We’ve to keep talking to the people and as the gatekeeper that we are, we’ve got to keep using our platforms to inform the people. Taking the vaccine means putting yourself on the line and we have to get the information down to the people.
Deji: Using my presence on conventional media (Radio) has been key for me, while also spreading the world through social media
JOA: What are your final thoughts to the Govt and the citizens as regards the fight against COVID-19?
Opeyemi: Information! Information!
The people have to be informed, the government owes them that trustable and dependable Information flow. And the Citizens also have to understand the critical times that we are in and make deliberate attempts to complement the efforts of the government.
Deji: It’s a fight that Nigeria is laid back with, considering the illiteracy level of the country. A lot more needs to be done, especially using unothodox methods in fighting it
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