The Commissioner for Health Akwa Ibom State, Prof. Augustine Umoh has revealed that the population of people vaccinated of Covid-19 in the state is below 60 percent which has made the state to be far from reaching a significant herd immunity of the virus.
He, therefore encouraged people to make themselves available to receive the vaccine as Covid-19 disease is still causing death, especially among the unvaccinated population.
The commissioner stated this during the launch of COVID-19 Scales 3.0 strategy organised by the state government in collaboration with USAID-Breakthrough Action Nigeria.
He noted that the state is aligning with the national strategy to bring an end to the virus and other worst forms of disease.
According to him, “As a state, we are still a far cry from reaching significant herd immunity, that is 60% of the population being vaccinated to be able to prevent us from the worst form of the disease, the state is therefore aligning with the national strategy to bring to an end, the covid 19 virus.”
The Commissioner, who noted that the people are currently experiencing another wave of Covid-19, added that the state will do everything possible to tackle the menace.
He added that the governor, Udom Emmanuel has done everything possible to ensure that Akwa Ibom is free of the Covid-19 through the building of isolation centres as well as rolling out the vaccination campaign.
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Also speaking, Executive Chairman of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Martins Akpan, said the first phase of the vaccination campaign tagged, ‘optimized vaccination scheme scale 3.0’ was aimed at addressing the gaps in the initial initiative and to upscale vaccination in all parts of the state.
“We have a lot of health facilities in the state and most of the vaccination activities were confined in those health centres, this time around it is going to be different as we set up teams that will be going to churches, homes of people, market places and carry out their services because we want everybody to be vaccinated”, he added.
Akpan disclosed that the vaccination will be coming in batches stressing that other components such as polio, measles and tuberculosis will also be incorporated even as he encouraged the people to always welcome the health workers that may come for the exercise.
In her remarks, the first lady of Ikono LGA, Otobong Nyakno Okoibu reassured the people that Covid-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free.
She said, “Don’t be afraid, nothing will happen to you, the vacinne is safe, effective and free. One of the advantages of modern medicine is the discovery of vaccines which has saved many lives.”