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COVID-19: Commissioner Debunks Administering Of Unhealthy Vaccines In Ekiti




The Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, has debunked the report that the state was administering unhealthy vaccines to people.

Filani debunked the claim that the vaccines distributed to Ekiti were destroyed due to lack of electricity in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

He said, “The available COVID-19 vaccines were delivered to the state in good condition. Vaccines are being stored in the State Cold Store in line with the appropriate guidance and requirements on vaccine handling and storage. The Moderna vaccine is currently stored at a temperature of -43.2-degree Celsius”.

“Our attention has been drawn to an unfounded rumour claiming that COVID-19 vaccines in Ekiti State are spoilt as a result of lack of electricity supply. The Ekiti State Ministry of Health would like to state clearly that this statement is not only false and unfounded, but also meant to misinform the general public.

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“The State Cold Store is equipped with 24/7 power supply to maintain the potency of the vaccines. The state has also trained, motivated and deployed 92 vaccination teams comprising 582 persons to ensure accurate movement and administration of vaccines.

“During vaccination campaigns, vaccines are moved from the State Cold Store in Cold Chain Boxes to maintain the optimum temperature. We have continued to ensure that these vaccines are transported within the recommended temperature range.

“As at 12 pm, Thursday the 16th of September 2021, Ekiti State has exhausted her first dose of the Moderna vaccines with 47,839 persons vaccinated. This is in addition to over 70,000 persons who have received first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine”.

“As a matter of fact, the state vaccination wastage rate is currently the lowest in the country. The available COVID-19 vaccines in Ekiti State are proven to be safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19 and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

“The health and safety of the good people of Ekiti remains a top priority for the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration.”

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