Soldiers in Liberia are now receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca Vaccine at the 14 Military Hospital in Margibi County, Liberia.
Recently, health authorities in Africa’s oldest nation, Liberia received several quantities of the vaccines and after days started dispensing them to selected groups of people in the country.
Major Joseph Cole, Commander Officer of the AFL health services said, soldiers are the first line of defence and as such, it is produced that they are prioritized as he justified that it was not a mistake that the security forces including the AFL are prioritized to take the vaccine.
“If you have the chance take advantage of the vaccine, vaccines always save, they don’t give the diseases that you’re preventing; so we as military we are leading the way to tell the general public please take advantage of the vaccine, especially our front line workers.”
The AFL health boss speaking Thursday, April 8, 2021, also appealed to health workers and people identified to take the vaccine to turn out as they will not only save their own life but others.
“Those who have been set aside to take the initial dose please come forth and take the vaccines so that we can set the example and protect ourselves, public and family.”
Since the arrival of the vaccines into the country and the selection of designated groups to receive the Covid -19 preventive dozes due to its limitation, several individuals have described the process as selective and awful for a country population that is at risk.
They are grumbling about why only selecting top-ranking officials of government, health workers, Solders amongst others are amongst the first group of people to receive the AstraZeneca Vaccine.
But Col. Cole of the AFL in a brief interview appealed to the health ministry and partners to ensure that a sufficient amount of the vaccines are brought to the country and administered to all.
“This is a called to the ministry of health and partners to please get sufficient vaccine so everyone can have the opportunity to get protected from the COVID-19.”
Col. Cole lauded the AFL officials leading the way by taking the vaccine as he clarified that soldiers are properly educated on the danger and benefit of the vaccine.
He said they have been informing the soldiers and their families on the importance of good health as is enshrined in the AFL code of conducts.
The AFL Health practitioner also said they are not erasing the fact that there will not be any health factor associated with taking the vaccine but they will be watching out for side effects, stressing ‘the vaccine is safe in general.’
Since the launch of the vaccine in Liberia over fifty top government officials have been injected with the vaccine.