“The Bishop and some of the staff have received the vaccination today. No one should be afraid to take this vaccine because all the drugs in this world including the vaccines have the side effects and we need to be looking at the benefits we get from the vaccine,” Dr. Tongun said.
He continued, “We have been told that whenever there are abnormal side effects, there is a number provided, that is 3666, one can call it and be given attention.”
In an interview with ACI Africa, the National Director for Immunization Program in South Sudan’s Ministry of Health, Dr. George Awznio Legge, confirmed that Bishop Taban was the first Prelate of the Catholic Church in South Sudan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
He named some of the possible side effects of the vaccination including “headache, fever and sometimes nausea.”
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“All these effects last for 24 hours after vaccination,” Dr. Legge said, and added, “Our people need to know that the vaccine is safe and effective.”
The health official noted that since the start of COVID-19 vaccination in the country, no serious side effects have been reported among recipients of the vaccine.
“Normally, before vaccination, we ask about your age, about chronic diseases one may have had, and if you are on a serious illness, we will not give you the vaccine,” he said and added, “The condition of the Bishop is very normal and that is why we proceeded giving him the vaccine.”