#COVID19: District Medical Officer Urges Cameroonians To Take Vaccine

Amid doubts among Cameroonians on using the COVID-19 vaccine and growing campaigns on Social Media against vaccination, a medical expert urges people to vaccinate.

Cameroonians have been advised to turn out massively and get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19 and not listen to “bad sirens” being disseminated on social media. 

Addressing medical personnel in the Edea regional hospital Wednesday, April 21, Dr Steve Souga, the District Chief Medical Officer, said “being the soldiers on the frontline in the combat against the coronavirus, health personnel are the persons to first benefit from the COVID-19 vaccine.”

On his part, Cyrille Yvan Abondo,  the Senior Divisional Officer for Sanaga-Maritime, stated that the vaccination would be administered in two doses within a space of 21 days, adding that after medical personnel, vaccine doses would be given to “high-risk persons who have serious pathologies and persons above 50 years whose immunity is weak.” 

However, the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 is battling with misinformation on social media as campaigns against vaccine use intensify.

Abondo reiterated the “extremely dangerous and contagious character of the coronavirus” and recalled the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, notably the high number of deaths and the disarticulation of the economy already registered before volunteering to be the first candidate to take the vaccine in the division. 

“I want to tell my compatriots in the Sanaga-Maritime division not to listen to the bad sirens on social media,” Abondo said.

“Vaccination is one of the prophylactic measures against illnesses. I, therefore, invite all the leaders of social groups to continue sensitising the population to respect the barrier measures so that in the end, we would vanquish the coronavirus.”

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