The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, flagged off the COVID-19 vaccination in the state as he took the first jab of the vaccine.
The governor, who took the vaccine alongside his deputy, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa, at the Cocoa Conference Center of the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, confirmed that the vaccine was safe for use.
Also vaccinated at the programme were the Osewawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Dr. Victor Kiladejo, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi and some other prominent people in the state.
According to the governor, the vaccination exercise will be rolled out in four phases, adding that the first recipients will be front-line health workers, COVID-19 rapid response team, laboratory network, petrol station workers and the policemen.
He noted that in line with the guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the eligible population for the COVID-19 vaccination is citizens aged 18 years and above including pregnant women.
He explained, “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 one and two while phase four will be other eligible population as vaccines become more available.”
He also assured the people of the state that the Ondo State Cold Chain was 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 100percent 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,” Akeredolu stated.
The governor 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.
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