EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- As The Gambia continues COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the latest batch of front-liners to get the AstraZeneca jabs is the Gambia Police Force.
The top officers were the first to receive the jabs on Thursday, during a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign for security personnel under the interior ministry.
The country’s security apparatus play a key role in the fight against the global pandemic, as they are among front-liners responsible for administering the COVID-19 guidelines set out by the health authorities.
The men and women in uniform were also in charge of making sure that people and properties were safe during the course of the lockdowns.
Mbye Njie, senior surveillance officer of Expanding Programme on Immunization, assured that the Gambia will not take any vaccine that will be detrimental to one’s health.
“I will definitely encourage you people to get the vaccine. It’s safe and we have received it anything you do in the world there is positive and negative we don’t need to hide those things for the vaccination program even for children when you vaccinated them, they have side effects so the vaccine also have side effects,” he said.
Musa Camara, regional principal health officer highlighted the importance of getting the security officers vaccinated.
“So priority is given to those in the frontline and the security are part of the front-line, health workers are part of the front-line are very vulnerable in terms of getting or succumbing to the virus,” he said.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Abdoulie Sanyang assured the full cooperation of the police force for effective vaccination.
“With this virus, we plan to ensure that all security personnel under the ministry of interior are vaccinated and this is already in progress in other regions,” he noted, adding that the police force and sister service in collaboration with the health authorities will use the opportunity to continue to deliver preventive measures, health care services to attain the sustainable development goals for health.
The Gambia began rolling out COVID-19 vaccination campaign on March 10, after receiving 36,000 vaccine doses from COVAX, a global alliance that provide vaccine access to low and middle income countries.
Since then, over 14, 000 people have already taken the AstraZeneca vaccine and more front-line workers and people of high risk groups are expected to be vaccinated in the coming weeks.