ENUGU — The Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency, ENSPHCDA, Dr. George Ugwu has revealed the Agency’s preparedness to commence mass vaccination of residents against Covid19 for the third phase of the exercise.
The month-long vaccination targeting residents from 18years of age and above will commence on Tuesday 7th December, 2021 through to Wednesday, 5th January 2022.
Ugwu also revealed, “Government has engaged private and mission hospitals to join in the mass exercise to ensure accessibility for all residents”.
He further revealed improved strategies inculcated by the Agency so as to meet their goal of vaccinating up to half of all residents in Enugu state aged 18 years and above.
“We have increased number of vaccination teams deployed to health centres, hospitals, schools, churches, market places;
“While some will be deployed to parks, public and government establishments and other selected places throughout the state.”
The Secretary ENSPHCDA then appealed to those who have been vaccinated to become worthy ambassadors to preach safety and necessity of individuals to embrace vaccination.
“We are appealing to those that have taken the vaccine to persuade, convince and make their friends, colleagues and family members available for the vaccination;
“Mass vaccination of all remains the surest way to ensure that everyone within families, offices, neighbourhoods and communities is protected,’’ he said.
In Enugu state, the total number of persons vaccinated with first dose stands at 82,898 and 44,118 for second dose. This is less than ten percent of the estimated population of 3,267,837 persons in the state (2006 Census).
Meanwhile, in a statement released by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on Friday evening, booster doses to be administered to persons 18 years and above who have completed the two doses of Astrazeneca, Moderna or Pfizer Bio-N-Tech or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
According to Mr Shuaib, a COVID-19 booster dose gives greater protection against the virus. Hence he urged all Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the government.
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