By DAPO OLAWUNI
The leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has allayed the fears of Nigerian maritime workers on the reported risks of receiving the Covid-19 vaccines.
In a statement signed by the President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju on Wednesday, he assured that there was no risks involved in receiving the vaccine, even as he said that all leadership of the Union have received the job.
“To affirm our trust in the efficacy of the vaccine the entire leadership of the Union MARITIME WORKERS UNION OF NIGERIA, have been vaccinated and have not experienced any negative effect as a result of taking the vaccine.
“We are therefore emboldened to say that the vaccines are safe for use, and in this wise, urge that every worker make himseIf/herself available for accination as this is the only sure way to stem the spread of the pandemic” he said
Comrade Adeyanju stated that since the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020, the virus has claimed over 3 million lives globally, with over 114 million cases being confirmed by laboratory tests (March 2021).
“The pandemic has impacted negatively on almost every facet of human life, causing global economies to stall, changing the way we work and affecting our relationship with people and family and stretching health care system to breaking point.
“It is quite a relief that, scientific research fortunately gave rise to the production of vaccines which are 94 95% effective, and these figures have proven true in clinical and trial studies of these at high risk and the elderly.
“Covid 19 vaccination offers a way to transit out of the pandemic and restore society to normalcy.
“Unfortunately, a lot of people question the efficacy of the vaccines which has resulted in a negative public opinion on the efficiency of administering it the vaccines.
“Nothing is more far from the truth as scientific based reports from world class and reliable sources indicate that the vaccine is safe for use”