Some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Borno state publicly declined the Covid-19 vaccination, saying it was meant to kill them.
Wikirise learnt that while some of the corps members assembled to take the jab, others stayed away from the queue for fear of the unknown.
According to the Leadership, some corps members who spoke to the press on condition of anonymity, during the flag-off of the vaccination exercise at the NYSC State Secretariat in Maiduguri, said their reluctance in taking the jab was because they were not properly sensitised on the vaccination programme.
One the corps members, who pleaded anonymity for fear of persecution said, “I am not convinced to take the Covid-19 vaccine due to the happenings within and outside the country”.
Another corps member, who also spoke on condition of anonymity said, “I am not taking the vaccine for now due to my health condition, I am pregnant and for this reason, I won’t be taking the jab”, reports the Leadership.
Also refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, another corps member said “I am not taking it due to the fact that some governors and senators, who should be setting examples of leadership for the rest of us to follow, have not taken it.
While some other corps members said they declined the Covid-19 vaccine because they didn’t see any press release form the NYSC headquarters in Abuja directing them to do so.
Some staffers of the NYSC Secretariat in Maiduguri however said quite a good number of the corps members were receiving the vaccine.