As part of efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Nigeria, the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund is on a mission to complement ongoing efforts to get more                 Nigerians protected from the virus.  While vaccines have been developed to protect people from developing severe complications or death from the virus, we still have             a long way to go in ensuring that more  Nigerians get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and the society at large from the pandemic.

   Our goal is to mobilize necessary resources (money and materials) to get at least 1 million Nigerians vaccinated by 2022.

   We need YOUR support to achieve this – by donating towards the cause to provide more vaccines, you help us get closer to achieving this goal.

Yes, there are several vaccines that have been developed and are being administered globally.

The COVID-19 vaccines produce an immunity response protection in your body against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. By developing immunity through vaccination aids in a reduced risk of developing the illness and a severe strain, hospitalization or death. Your body’s immune response helps you fight off the virus, should you be exposed. Not only does vaccination protect you, but also those around you, reducing the risk of transmitting the disease to someone else. Its important that everyone is vaccinated and protected against COVID-19, as the virus affects each person differently with regards to a mild, moderate or severe illness, and especially those that are most vulnerable with weakened immune systems, existing health conditions, and the elderly.

The various COVID-19 vaccines have been safely developed and tested to effectively prevent COVID-19, especially severe illness and death.

Certain vaccines require 2 doses in order for full effectiveness. Its important to continue to remain safe straight after your vaccination, and in between doses.

The COVID-19 vaccines have high levels of efficacy and provide strong protection against the virus and severe complications; however, no vaccine is 100% protective. A small percentage still remains where a vaccinated person could fall ill with COVID-19, therefore it’s important to still remain vigilant and safe by social distancing and sanitizing thoroughly.

All medical vaccines come with the possibility of mild, short-term side effects -including the COVID-19 vaccines. These are usually mild and go away on their own within a few days – the possibility of serious or long term-effects is rare. All COVID-19 vaccines are monitored to ensure no adverse effects are detected and are modified accordingly to ensure the safety of patients. Side effects of COVID-19 can include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, diarrhoea, and pain/redness at the injection site (usually arm). You can manage mild side effects at home with rest, plenty of water, paracetamol/acetaminophen for pain. If your side effects dont subside for a few days, or in a more severe case you experience chest pain, confusion, loss of speech or mobility, or difficulty breathing – contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately.

We are still learning how effective the vaccines are against COVID-19. While the vaccine is designed to develop immunity against the disease and preventing severe illness, the COVID-19 virus could still be transmitted and continues to mutate into variants. Therefore, we need to ensure all measures are taken – including vaccination, in preventing severe illness.

For fully vaccinated individuals, the risk of infection during social activities such as visiting shopping outlets, restaurants, and the workplace is significantly lower. Fully vaccinated people should continue to follow all safety guidelines to omit all risks of infection entirely and protect those around us.

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