The National Youth Service Corps, Gombe State, began voluntary vaccination of 1,450 corps members against COVID-19 on Wednesday at the temporary orientation camp in Amada.
Ada Imoni, the State Coordinator NYSC Gombe, urged corps members to take the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine even though it was not mandatory prior to the start of the activity.
The vaccination was delivered by Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency officials in partnership with NYSC Corps medical staff and overseen by NCDC and State Ministry of Health authorities.
Imoni stated that the immunization campaign, which began today (Wednesday), will go through Thursday.
According to PUNCH HealthWise findings, all camp participants, including officials, were subjected to an obligatory COVID-19 examination prior to their induction on camp.
Imoni stated that directions to vaccinate camp attendees came from NYSC Headquarters, where State Coordinators were asked to coordinate with Primary Health Care in their respective states to carry out the operation.
The immunization would be voluntary for interested corps members and camp staff, according to the camp coordinator.
“The COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory, but it is optional for corps members and camp authorities who volunteer to get vaccinated,” she explained.
Over 275 people have been immunized as of the time of publishing this report. Many of the service men interviewed by our correspondent were relieved to receive the vaccine.