At least five persons have been arrested in Bauchi State for attempting to boycott COVID-19 vaccination by secretly buying green cards.
The State COVID-19 Task Force in a statement issued yesterday said it arrested individuals caught selling and buying COVID-19 green cards.
Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, BASPHCDA, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, who disclosed the development on Wednesday said actions of the citizens is a setback to the success of the vaccination exercise.
Naija News reports that Mohammed while addressing newsmen in Bauchi, the state capital yesterday, lamented that many of the state’s healthcare workers and academia were leading the opposition against the vaccine.
He said: “It is setting back the success of the exercise. In collaboration with the Police, Army and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, we have been able to arrest some people, who were buying the vaccine cards without taking the injection. They are now with the security agencies undergoing investigations.”
According to him, many citizens who play dumb to the vaccination when it was flagged off by the governor, his deputy and House of Assembly speaker, later contracted the virus.
He also noted that some people who got vaccinated and felt the mild side effects of the vaccine were giving others negative narratives. Some were placing metal and other objects on the spot of the jab to get people to reject it.
“We carried out a mass campaign on social media and moved to the rural areas for enlightenment,” he said.
Mohammed encouraged citizens of the state to take seriously the vaccination exercise as it is for the benefit of all.