The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo Branch, has said the COVID-19 vaccines had not been approved for children, adding that only ages 18 and above can be vaccinated.

Dr Harrison Omokhua, Chairman of NMA Edo, stated this in an interview with the newsmen on Wednesday in Benin.

He said taking the COVID-19 vaccine effectively protects one from getting seriously ill, “even if you have COVID-19”.

According to him, “getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.”

He advised the general public to take the COVID-19 vaccines in order to curb the spread of the disease.

“COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials.

“Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe and effective.

“COVID-19 vaccines have received and continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring People do not need to be afraid of these vaccines,” he said.

He advised the general public to continue to observe all the COVID-19 preventive measures, including wearing masks.

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