Some students in Mafoni Primary and Junior Secondary School in Maiduguri on Friday reportedly flee the examination hall over COVID-19 vaccination fear.
DAILY GIST had reported how some countries suspended the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines over alleged blood clot reportedly link to the vaccination.
A nurse had also lost her life on Friday after taking a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Georgia’s southwestern city of Akhaltsikhe. It was gathered that the nurse developed an alleged anaphylactic reaction after receiving the first shot of the vaccine and died after being transported to a hospital
Briefing Journalists about the development, Amina Usman, a teacher at the primary section of the school said the drama erupted when the COVID-19 sensitisation team arrived the school with a vehicle mounted with a speaker, and the school children believing that it was government officials who had come to administer COVID-19 vaccination on them, fled their classes to different directions.
The teacher added that the students and pupils were writing their first term examinations when the team arrived.
“The school children were running out of the school, shouting “ma’su allura, ma’su allura” meaning “vaccinators, vaccinators,” she said.
A security guard in the school, Ibrahim Ali, also said every effort to call the students back to classes to continue their examinations failed.
He said from all indications, it appeared parents and guardians of the children had warned them not to accept the COVID-19 vaccination.
“We made every effort to stop the children from going away, but they refused. Unfortunately, they are writing examinations and we pray that such doesn’t occur again,” the guard said.
Also speaking, a student in the junior secondary school, Abu Alhaji, said when the sensitisation vehicle arrived, they thought government officials had come to vaccinate them, hence they all decided to run away, not knowing that they came for sensitisation.
“We thought they had come to vaccinate us with the COVID-19 vaccine and being that our parents didn’t ask us to accept the COVID-19 vaccination, we had to run to avoid being forced to take the vaccine,” he said.
Borno State had recently received 75,510 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines from the federal government and began vaccination with frontline workers followed by top government officials and persons from 50 years and above.