By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday, took the first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine doses, assuring the people of the state that the vaccines is safe for use.
He said the state received a total of 73,570 doses of the vaccines from the Federal Government on Tuesday.
The Governor took the first Jab alongside his Deputy, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa at the Cocoa Conference Center, Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure.
The Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Dr. Victor Kiladejo, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, former Governor, and former Deputy Governors were all invited to receive their doses of the vaccine.
He 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.
Governor Akeredolu disclosed that 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, 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 the Phase four will other eligible population as vaccines become more available,”the Governor stated.
He 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.
“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.
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.
He said:“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 handling of COVID-19 patients, 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 event was attended by the acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, Chief Registrar of the State High Court, Mrs. Bolatito Ajibade while the speaker of the state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun was represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Samuel Aderoboye