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COVID-19 prevention community engagement launched in Montserrado, Bomi, and Margibi

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By Lincoln G. Peters 

The Liberia Crusader for Peace (LCP) in partnership with UNICEF-Liberia on 4 October 2021 officially launched a COVID-19 prevention community engagement and outreach intervention in Montserrado to strengthen and educate the population on the safety and importance of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The project was launched in Monrovia at the headquarters of the Liberia Crusader for Peace and it is expected to reach out to three counties including Bomi and Margibi.

The Superintendent of Montserrado County Madam Florence Brandy officially launched the project. Others attending the program included Dr. Yatta Wapoe, Montserrado County Health Officer, and Mr. Alasene Cisfe, Country Director of UNICEF-Liberia.

Giving an overview of the program, the Executive Director of Liberia Crusader for Peace, Queen Juli Endee noted that the partnership project agreement signed between LCP and UNICEF-Liberia is intended to reach out to various communities in the three counties to educate them about the safety, importance of taking the COVID-19 Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

According to the Liberia Cultural Ambassador, there have been misconceptions in the public that the COVID-19 vaccine is not safe and community leaders and other traditional leaders have not told residents about the importance and safety of taking the vaccine.

“The vaccine is safe and it’s important when taken because it helps you save yourself, community, family, and country,” she said. 

“We have developed several songs including this one that was sung here today. We are going to reach out to Montserrado, Bomi, and Margibi Counties in their local dialects to make sure that the message resonates and everyone gets vaccinated,” Endee added.

For his part, the County Director of UNICEF-Liberia Mr. Alasene Cisfe expressed excitement over the launch and partnership with LCP, adding that with that the public will get the rightful message in their local dialect.

“I don’t have much to say because I trust this partnership. However, I want to inform everyone in the country that the vaccine is safe, and it’s important because with that we can have our country safe and defeat this nightmare that has caused problems over the world,” he added.

launching the program, Montserrado County Superintendent Madam Florence Brandy said it’s time that Liberians get vaccinated because the country is gradually taking steps to defeat the virus.

According to her, Liberians will shortly begin to celebrate their country in the upcoming County Meet and it’s possible that they may come up with a mandate from the Liberia Football Association (LFA) that anyone who is not vaccinated will not go on the field to watch their county playing.

“I’m just adding my voice to the many that we can defeat this virus together, but we have to have one mind and the right message and the message is the vaccine is safe and has no sad effect,” said Madam Brandy. 

Meanwhile, Montserrado County Health Officer Madam Yatta Wapoe and the Lead Risk Communication Officer at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Chester Smith, Sr., noted that Liberia over the past has experienced a drastic decline in the COVID-19 cases across the country.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/only-2-of-covid-19-vaccines-have-been-administered-in-africa/–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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