Flags off vaccination
To be rolled out in four phases
Dayo Johnson – Akure
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has taken the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine doses advising Nigerians to shun unfounded rumour about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Akeredolu assured Nigerians that the vaccine is safe
He took the first jab alongside his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa, and some traditional rulers in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
The governor said the state received a total of 73,570 doses of the vaccines from the Federal Government on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
Traditional rulers who also took the vaccine jab include the Osewawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Dr. Victor Kiladejo, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi and former Deputy governors also receive their doses of the vaccine.
Akeredolu said in line with the guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the eligible population for the COVID-19 vaccination is citizens aged 18 years and above including pregnant women.
According to him “the vaccination exercise will be rolled out in four phases, the first recipients will be front-line health workers, COVID-19 rapid response team, laboratory network, petrol station workers, policemen, and strategic leadership.
“In phase two, the recipients will be older adults aged 50 years and above; those with co-morbidities aged 18-49 years.
“Phase three will be those in Local Government Areas with high disease burden who missed Phases 1 & 2 while Phase four will other eligible population as vaccines become more available.”
The governor assured the people of the state that the Ondo State Cold Chain is fully functional and ready to receive and properly store the COVD-19 vaccines.
“Furthermore, to be able to partake of the COVID-19 vaccination, an e-registration link has been created for eligible Nigerians to register. You will be able to put in your details and choose a convenient place and time where you wish to be vaccinated
“I use this opportunity to implore Ondo State citizens to shun the unfounded rumours about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Let me assure you that the vaccines have been tested and certified safe for use by reputable international organizations and NAFDAC.
“While it is true that you are not 100% prevented from getting infected after vaccination, you are less likely to get seriously sick or die from the infection if you get it and also less likely to infect other people.” Governor Akeredolu said.
Akeredolu charged all local government chairmen, traditional rulers, religious leaders, and health workers to step up intensive sensitisation activities for the good people of the state to register and get themselves vaccinated.
He said that since the outbreak of the pandemic, his administration has continuously been seeking ways to combat the debilitating effects of the ravaging virus.
“Some of the measures we had put in place include the upgrading of the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) with more beds and equipment to admit infected patients, training of our IDH staff on the handling of COVID-19 patients, the roll-out of radio jingles, television adverts, other sensitisation, and awareness tools to the general public
“Motivation of our frontline health care workers in the State through the payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance and lately, the inauguration of our state-of-the-art Wahab Adegbenro Molecular and Public Health Laboratory to improve the testing capacity of the State.“ the governor added. End