Lagos, 30 November, 2023 / 9:23 pm (ACI Africa).
The African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGo Africa, is calling on the Nigerian government to suspend the ongoing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination campaign in Nigeria, citing safety concerns.
Nigeria launched the HPV vaccine campaign targeting girls aged nine to 14 years on October 24.
In a petition launched Wednesday November 29, the activists ask for signatures to stop Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Tunji Alausa, from going on with the campaign.
According to the activists, the HPV vaccine has potential repercussions including infertility. They say that there is lack of transparency around the vaccine and that those behind it did not seek informed parental consent.
“The safety concerns surrounding the HPV vaccine are multifaceted and deeply troubling. At best, the effects of the HPV vaccines remain unclear; at worst, they are profoundly unsettling. Among the potential repercussions, infertility has been whispered as a possible outcome. These concerns demand rigorous scrutiny and transparency,” they say.