The Enugu State government on Saturday commenced the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in the state.
The state received 13,416 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 60,060 doses of Moderna vaccine from the Federal Government a few days ago for the commencement of the second phase of the nationwide vaccination.
During inauguration at the Enugu State University of Technology Teaching Hospital Parklane, the state governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, enjoined residents to take advantage of the second phase and get vaccinated.
He also appealed to the people of the state to continue to observe the non-pharmaceutical measures of preventing the spread of the virus, such as wearing of facemask, regular hand washing and observing social distancing, among others.
The Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. George Ugwu, stated that the state made a tremendous impact during the first phase of the vaccination.
Ugwu said the 60,060 doses of Moderna vaccine would be administered on those who did not receive COVID-19 vaccination in the first phase.
He said 13,416 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine would be administered to complete the second dose for those who got first dose during the first phase of the exercise.
He noted that the state had trained 1,200 health workers to ensure effective coverage of the second phase of the vaccination in all the designated Primary Health Centres and general hospitals across the 17 local government areas of the state.
Saying some mobile health teams would visit churches and markets to ensure that every citizen is reached, he maintained that all the 17 LGAs had effective cold chain mechanisms to preserve the vaccines to sustain their efficacy.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, reiterated the safety of the vaccines and urged those who have not been vaccinated or completed the second dosage in the first phase to do so, accordingly.
Meanwhile, Katsina State on Saturday received 21,040 doses of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vsccine.
The state Commissioner for Health, Yakubu Danja, led other top officials in his ministry, including the Executive Secretary, Katsina State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr.Shamsudeen Yahaya, to receive the vaccine at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
Yahaya explained that the vaccine was for second dose for those that received the first dose about two months ago.
He added that the vaccination would commence anytime from now.
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