Akwa Ibom State government said it has received 63,336 doses of Moderna vaccine of Delta variant of Covid 19.
The Secretary to the State Government and Chairman Akwa Ibom State Covid 19 Committee Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem who stated this on Thursday in a press briefing in Uyo, said the state was ready for an immediate full roll out Vaccination of its citizens as the state is currently battling with 796 active cases of Covid-19 infection.
The SSG who decried the non-compliance of the people to NCDC precautionary measures said government would henceforth ensure enforcement of compliance with covid-19 guidelines.
Stressing that the monitoring mechanisms recently reactivated to ensure strict compliance with guidelines and protocols, shall henceforth apprehend anyone flouting the directive.
The state government which issued a one hour maximum duration approval for religious gatherings, warned that businesses, worship places and corporate organizations risk shut down if their actors fail to comply with the directives.
The statement read thus, “It has since been confirmed by NCDC that the Delta variant of covid-19 virus found in other parts of the country is in our dear State and that would partly explain the rapid increase in the number of cases in the State because of its high infectivity rate.
“It has therefore, become imperative that we take actions to rein in the spread of the infection in the state. We have however noted, sadly, that the necessary precautions and guidelines earlier recommended are hardly being adhered to by most people thereby jeopardizing our health and making the control of the pandemic very difficult.
“Just yesterday the State took delivery of sixty-three thousand three hundred and thirty-six (63,336) doses of the Moderna vaccine as part of its effort to combat the pandemic. Full roll out of vaccination commences immediately. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated and protected against the virus.
“The vaccine is safe and effective. It shall be available at designated areas in Uyo and PHC Bases in the different LGAs.
“Government shall henceforth enforce compliance with covid-19 guidelines; Religious houses (churches and mosques) should run at half capacity and services should last not more than one (1) hour.
“Hotels, sit-outs, clubs, schools, transport companies, supermarkets, Banks, pharmacies should all ensure compliance with all Covid-19 preventive measures in their facilities.”