Coronavirus: Edo vaccinates over 11,800 frontline workers, 4527 others


2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

The Edo State Government has intensified the vaccination of residents against coronavirus (COVID-19), as about 16,328 persons have received the Oxford AstraZenaca vaccine across the state’s 18 local government areas.

Executive Secretary of the state’s Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Julie Erhabor, disclosed this during the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Erhabor noted that the 16,328 persons include 4,527 strategic leaders, 4,337 health workers and 7,464 other frontline workers across various communities in the state.

Urging eligible members of the public to avail themselves the opportunity and get inoculated against the deadly virus, the Executive Secretary disclosed that the state plans to vaccinate about 47, 994 persons in the first phase of the vaccination exercise.

Noting that the government remains committed to containing the pandemic and ensuring the safety of citizens, Erhabor said the state currently has 103 teams for the rollout of the vaccine, including 62 fixed centres and 41 temporary fixed posts.

Meanwhile, the State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, noted that measures deployed by the government to flatten the curve of the second wave of the pandemic has continued to yield gains as Edo sees a steady decline in case positivity and fatality rates.

The Incident Manager disclosed that the state recorded one more case and 10 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with no death in the last 13 days, adding that 211 samples were collected at various sample collection points in the state within the 24-hour period.

He stated that the new case was reported from the Irrua Specialist teaching Hospital (ISTH) laboratory, while the 10 recoveries were reported from the home care units of the Stella Obasanjo Hospital and ISTH isolation facilities.

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