By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.
The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has called on the Presidential and State Taskforce on Covid-19 to prioritize persons with disabilities in the first groups of public vaccination.
CCD in a statement signed by its Executive Director, David Anyaele, also asks the Nigerian government to ensure that persons with disabilities have easy access to venues for vaccinations.
While commending the federal government for its effort in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, CCD said it is worried that persons with disabilities are missing amongst the prioritizing groups to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are also concern that the developing protocols for vaccination of Nigerians made no reference to persons with disabilities.
“Our worries is premised on the fact that persons with disabilities are the susceptible to contact COVID bearing in mind their inability to operate independently in most time hence the need to be given topmost priority in vaccination exercise” the group noted.
David also stressed that no one should be left behind in the distribution and administration of Covid-19 vaccination by reason of his or her disability and charged the federal government to:
-Prioritize persons with disabilities in the first groups of public vaccination.
-Ensure the venues for vaccinations are accessible to persons with disabilities in line with Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018.
-Ensure that all Covid-19 vaccination information, education and communication materials be accessible to all.