As the country is set to begin a mass vaccination exercise against the deadly coronavirus disease, officials from the Ministry of Health have reassured that covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
The targeted groups for the vaccines are the health workers, the aged (over 65 years), teachers and those with underlying problems. The exercise will, however, start from Banjul to Kalaji.
Modou Njai, the director of Health, Promotion and Education made this known on Friday during a media orientation on the overview of The Gambia’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Njai stated that the Ministry of Health is facing challenges about the Covid-19 vaccines, adding that there are a lot of misconceptions about the vaccines. He assured the general public that the vaccines are safe and effective.
He stated the media can only help them to break the barriers by sensitising the people through their various platforms.
He further explained that anytime new vaccines are introduced in the country there are always misconceptions and if it’s not addressed on time, it might lead to crisis.
Njai, however, pleaded with the media to help them fight against the misconceptions people have towards the vaccines and educate them about how the vaccines will protect them and their families from the deadly covid-19.