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Health News of Thursday, 16 December 2021

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Omicron: Bauchi to get 350,000 coronavirus booster doses from FG

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The Bauchi State government has said that it will get 350,000 Coronavirus booster doses from the Federal Government, to further stem the spread of the Omicron variant.

The Executive Secretary of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwan Mohammed, disclosed this on Thursday at the 3rd Annual Research Day and Scientific Conference of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

The theme for the 2021 conference is: “Addressing Coronavirus Vaccine hesitancy in developing countries: Latest evidence and future direction.”

Mohammed who is also the Chairman, Contact and Surveillance Sub-Committee of the Bauchi State Task Force on Coronavirus, said the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency would soon supply the booster doses to the state pointing out that the booster shots would only be administered to those who have taken their first and second jabs of Coronavirus vaccines, to further protect them against the Omicron variant.

He said: “Even if you are vaccinated, you can get infected with the mutant Omicron variant of Coronavirus, however, the good thing is that people that were vaccinated will not get the severe form of the Omicron variant.

“If you have not taken the vaccines, there is a rule now, there is going to be a booster dose and it would only be given to those that have taken the first and second dose of Coronavirus vaccine.

“To prevent Omicron variant, the only way is to do the booster dose and the federal government will send about 350,000 booster doses next week to Bauchi State.”

The Executive Chairman described Coronavirus vaccination hesitancy as a major problem because even the most educated people including healthcare workers were yet to take the vaccine.

This, he said, might not be unconnected with the myths and misconceptions about the Coronavirus vaccine.