They got vaccinated against Covid-19 today!

We share their experience and words of encouragement

By Proscovia Nakibuuka Mbonye
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UNICEF Sudan/2021/Yeslam
09 March 2021

A few days after the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines in Sudan, vaccination against the deadly disease has commenced.

The vaccination followed the official launch of the vaccination campaign by the Federal Minister of Health at the UNICEF-supported Jebra Isolation Centre.
  
What a relief for the dedicated frontline workers that continue to put their lives at risk while serving the population.

UNICEF Sudan met with some of the first few persons vaccinated against Covid-19 and here is what they had to say. 

Covid-19 vaccination in Sudan, vaccination campaign, covid 19 vaccines, covax
UNICEF Sudan/2021/Yeslam

"Truly vaccination is a basic routine and people shouldn’t be afraid of it. The first dose is taken easily then in four weeks you take the second vaccine and then you will be safe. It is the best feeling to get the vaccine to be protected against Covid-19 so I can protect myself and others. Thank God the vaccine arrived in Sudan and it is the beginning and hope for all the people to be vaccinated," Bakri Ahmed Elzein Abdelrasool, Specialized Nurse.

Covid-19 vaccination in Sudan, vaccination campaign, covid 19 vaccines, covax
UNICEF Sudan/2021/Yeslam

"I am the head of the Doctors Union and a member of the steering committee of Covid-19 vaccines. Through this committee there was a decision regarding the prioritization of the distribution of vaccines depending on the availability and that vaccines should be available for as many people as possible. The first phase is for the front-line health care workers regardless of their role and especially those in the frontline caring for Covid-19 patients. Which is why the vaccine launch is taking place today at the Jebra Isolation Center. I took the first dose of vaccine and I don’t have any side-effects so far. I encourage all the health care workers to take the vaccine. It is clinically proven to be safe. It has been through all the necessary checks to be widely distributed and is recognized by the World Health Organisation," Abdelmoneim Eltayeb, Liver and Digestion Specialist at Ibn Sina Hospital.

Covid-19 vaccination in Sudan, vaccination campaign, covid 19 vaccines, covax
UNICEF Sudan/2021/Yeslam

"I took the first dose of the AstraZenca vaccine which arrived through COVAX. I would like to thank the partners – UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, GAVI and others for bringing the vaccines. The vaccine is the only strategic way to end the Covid-19 pandemic, not only in Sudan but globally. These vaccines went through trials to ensure their success and safety. Vaccines are safe, even sometimes the side effects are very minor and only last a short while. The vaccines are not dangerous for people to take. In fact, these vaccines have reduced infection rates by 70 per cent and reduced hospital attendance of those who are infected by 100 per cent. 
My message to all – For those who are prioritized for vaccination, please register and get vaccinated. This will ensure we are organized and everyone gets their required doses, in a timely manner. Thank you, and we hope that this is the beginning to end the pandemic in Sudan and in the world!," Osama Ahmed Abdelrahim, Undersecretary of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Covid-19 vaccination in Sudan, vaccination campaign, covid 19 vaccines, covax
UNICEF Sudan/2021/Yeslam

"Thank God I took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. As a medical doctor and frontline worker, I encourage all health professionals to register and get their vaccines. Vaccines are safe and will reduce the infection of this disease. Let’s work together to end the Covid-19 pandemic," Dr. Saja Abdallah, Chief of Health and Nutrition and Acting Deputy Representative at UNICEF Sudan.