By: Daniel Echoda
Some members of staff from the University Health Service, University of Ibadan, coordinated the Covid-19 vaccination exercise in Independence Hall on Friday, 27 August, 2021. The exercise was held at the Supervisors’ Office, A Block Basement, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and it saw many Katangites turn up for a shot of the vaccine.
At the end of the exercise, a total of 45 people, were given the first dose of the Moderna vaccine, as the Health Service visited the hall with 45 shots only.
The vaccinated students were advised to keep themselves hydrated by drinking a lot of water, and take Paracetamol, as it may help to ward off any side effects that may arise from the shot.
Alongside the people who came for the shot were also others with varying opinions about the vaccine. Among these was Amos, a Katangite, who told Indy Press that he had not come for the vaccine but to see what would happen to those who would take it. In his words, “there are many rumours out there, and in every rumour, there is an element of truth. I have taken vaccines before, but I’m sceptical about this one. I will definitely take the vaccine, but not now.” However, Ayobami who was the first to receive the shot, was of the view that the vaccine is not harmful. “I feel it is an important step for the battle against the Covid-19. I feel good. I am fine,” he told Indy Press after taking the shot.
In a chat with Mujeeb Adegnero, the Indy Hall Health Commissioner, who was at the venue supervising the exercise, he told Indy Press that he fought to ensure the vaccines got to the hall. “I am part of the vaccinating team. I fought for this. We thought they would never come, because their closing time is four o’clock, but they are here.
Although it was impromptu, I thank God it was successful. I am urging everyone to continue to abide by the Covid-19 protocol while we remain on the lookout to finding a headway through the pandemic,” the Health Commissioner said.