The National Coordinator of the THRDC Onesmo Olengurumwa said that everyone’s choice concerning the Covid-19 vaccine should be respected while also respecting the role of the government regarding vaccination and the overall management of the Covid-19 in Tanzania.
“An issue of health is a human right, is a personal issue and therefore whoever sees the importance of taking the vaccine should be respected and whoever takes a negative approach towards this vaccine again should be respected,” he stated.
He added that those who do not want to take the vaccine should not go ahead to discredit measures taken by the government in fighting against the pandemic so as to protect its citizens.
“We don’t need anyone to intimidate our medical doctors for playing their role but if we have anyone who is not ready to take the vaccine that should be his personal decision and that should not be the public’s decision,” he emphasized.
Olengurumwa also saluted efforts made so far by the government of Tanzania in combating the spread of the global pandemic including finalising procedures for the importation of the Covid-19 vaccine adding that it is the role of the government which should be supported by others.
“Issues of vaccination or the fight against any disease should be a joint effort therefore everyone should support government’s initiative to fight against the Covid-19 including stakeholders like the civil society and the private sector,” he intoned.
When referred to President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s Covid-19 address to the public, she has always stated clearly that no one will be obliged to take the Covid-19 vaccine out of his/her will but encouraging all the citizens to observe preventive measures so as to stop the spread of this deadly virus.