The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has urged workers in the industry to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
The President-General of the union, Adewale Adeyanju, while speaking in Lagos on Thursday, assured the workers that the vaccine was safe and effective.
Adeyanju said in spite of the challenges posed by the COVIC-19 pandemic, scientific research has given rise to the production of vaccines which are 94 to 95 percent effective, and these figures have proven true in clinical and trial studies of those at high risk and the elderly.
“Unfortunately, a lot of people are questioning the efficacy of the vaccines which has resulted in a negative public opinion on its efficiency.
“To affirm our trust in the efficacy of the vaccine, the leaders of the union have been vaccinated and have not experienced any negative effect.
“We are, therefore, persuaded that the vaccines are safe for use, and in this wise, we urge every worker to make himself or herself available for vaccination as this is the sure way to stem the spread of the pandemic,” Adeyanju said.
The MWUN leader recalled that since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in 2020, the disease has claimed over three million lives globally, with over 114 million cases confirmed by laboratory tests.
“This numbers translate into hundred of thousands of people in the Nigerian context as the pandemic has impacted almost every facet of life, causing global economies to stall, changing the way we work and affecting our relationship with people and family and stretching health care systems to the limit,” he said.
Copyright Ships & Ports Ltd. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit given to www.shipsandports.com.ng as the source.