Anambra State Government has flagged off the second dose of Phase One COVID-19 vaccination.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, performed the ceremony on behalf of Governor Obiano, at the State Immunization Cold Store, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka.
The Commissioner assured Ndi Anambra of the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine, disclosing that thirty-three thousand, six hundred and ninety-one Ndi Anambra have received the first dose of phase one COVID-19 vaccination with no major adverse effects.
According to him, the number that have been vaccinated represents about eighty-six percent of the targeted population, urging the people to embrace the opportunity to help enthrone a COVID-19 free Anambra.
He explained that the essence of the second dose is to ensure full immunity against the ravaging coronavirus.
Dr Okpala however stressed that the vaccine cannot replace other effective public health measures, adding that the state must continue to promote the recommended COVID-19 safety non-pharmaceutical measures such as use of Face Mask, regular hand-washing, social distancing, avoidance of crowded areas among others.
The Commissioner further explained that there are average of two vaccination centers per local government with one super and ordinary sites, and that the centers will be displayed at the local government Secretariats across the state.
Commenting, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, commended the commitment of the state government in the fight against COVID-19 as well as the input of the partnering agencies including WHO and UNICEF, and assured that the agency will continue to ensure that Anambra state achieves immunity against infections.
On behalf of the partnering agencies, the WHO State Consultant, Dr Edward Okeke, who spoke on behalf of the partnering agencies, promised that they would continue to support Anambra as the state has shown great commitment since the outbreak of the virus.
Recall that Anambra state had on March 17, 2021 received its first delivery of seventy-eight thousand, eight hundred and ten doses of Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine which has been certified safe by foreign and local agencies including NAFDAC.