Okada Riders turned out in large numbers today for the COVID-19 Vaccine
Today commercial motorcyclists popularly known as ‘Okada riders’ turned out in their numbers for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Okada riders mostly from the Lumley and Aberdeen communities in Freetown, have joined the 5000 + people in Sierra Leone who have taken their first dose of the vaccine.
Okada is by far the fastest means of transportation in the city centre and due the huge demand for okadas, the riders and their passengers are at increased risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.
Thirty-one-year-old Nat Ansumana is the chairperson for the okada riders at Lumley community. He said that he had trust on what the health care workers said about efficacy and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I trust the messages from the health care workers,” he said. “They told us that the vaccine will help protect us from serious illness or death in the event we contracted COVID-19,” avers Ansumana.
The okada rider were also reminded by the community mobilizers about the importance of continuing to practice other healthy safety measures like proper wearing a face mask, and washing their hands, to further protect themselves and others.
NaCOVERC, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and their partners have set up 300 mobile vaccine team nationwide going from community to community. If you are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, go now to the nearest vaccination site to protect yourself like the okada riders and many other Sierra Leoneans.