Hajj: Ogun vaccinates over 600 intending pilgrims against COVID-19

Over 600 intending pilgrims in have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as part requirements for 2021 Holy pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Alhaji Dauda Salau, , State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare (OGSMPWB), disclosed this at end a two-day vaccination exercise in Abeokuta on Monday.

Salau said vaccination was in compliance with new health policy Saudi Arabia and the the National Hajj of Nigeria (NAHCON).

He added that the state government was concerned about the wellbeing and safety of the people, particularly those intending to perform the pilgrimage.

He urged the intending pilgrims to always comply with COVID-19 protocols and make available for the second dose of the vaccine at the appropriate time.

“I am impressed with the large turnout of intending pilgrims who have received the COVID-19 vaccination.

“This is a positive indication and the present administration is determined to ensure that intending pilgrims from state are vaccinated against COVID-19 for their wellbeing and safety and Saudi Arabia.

“Let me add that after receiving the first dose of Astra Zeneca vaccine, you are expected to get another dose after a few weeks,” he said.

Also, the Commissioner, South West Zone of NAHCON, Alhaja Basirat Akintunde, emphasised the importance of the vaccine.

Akintunde said that the exercise was free and safe for intending pilgrims, contrary to rumours in some quarters that the intending pilgrims were made to pay for the vaccine.

Similarly, Dr Surajudeen Olayinka, the state Immunisation Officer, Primary Health Care , affirmed the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Olayinka allayed the fears of the general public on possible side effects, stressing that the vaccine had been subjected to laboratory tests.

“There is no need for worries as Astra Zeneca vaccine has been found to be safe and effective by relevant health authorities,” he said.

In their separate remarks, two intending pilgrims, Mr Idowu Bashir and Mrs Salau Mutajero, expressed satisfaction at the health initiative, saying it would help safeguard them against the virus. (NAN)