OrderPaperToday – Senator Francis Alimikhena has called on members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to urgently commence intense awareness campaign for citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccines.

Alimikhena, who is representing Edo North Senatorial District in the Senate of Nigeria; and a member of the Nigerian delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, insisted that Nigeria and other Member States need to increase sensitization on vaccination as most people still think the vaccines are unsafe.

The Senator made the call recently while speaking to journalists after the plenary session of the 2021 Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament held in Abuja, Nigeria.

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The Nigeria Senator also said that intense sensitization is required to increase the rate of vaccination of ECOWAS citizens.

He said all representatives need to double up awareness down to the grassroots so as to curb further spread of the disease and the hammering home the importance of getting vaccinated.

“For us to achieve 80 per cent vaccination in Nigeria is a bit difficult because there are lots of skepticism about the vaccine, some religious belief.

“Some people have been brainwashed that there is no need to take the vaccine.

“But even they should know that all the Heads of States have taken the vaccine, even Nigeria’s President, the Vice President which means that the vaccine is good for everybody.

“You could see that at the Federal Secretariat, they said if you so not have the vaccines you should not enter the office.

“If they obtain such posture at public gathering then you can achieve such 80 per cent targets.

“And probably talk to religious institutions to re-echo it so that they could drum it to their congregants that it is good to be vaccinated.

“Normally, these vaccines do not pass through the National Assembly, they are sent to the States for them to be distributed to Local Governments and other places. All we need to do is to tell our Constituents that it is good for them to make themselves available for this vaccine and the importance to them,” Alimikhena said.

Meanwhile, OrderPaper Nigeria had earlier reported that barely 2% of the entire ECOWAS population has been administered COVID-19 vaccines.

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