The vaccination of Osun State’s frontline health workers against the COVID-19 pandemic has begun.
This came after Governor Adegboyega Oyetola received 64,240 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday night.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, said during the vaccination of health employees that vaccinating frontline staff first was in compliance with the Federal Government’s recommendations for the exercise.
According to him, “This is the first phase of the exercise. We want to administer vaccines to our frontline health workers first. They are the ones at the battle front and it is only ideal that their vaccination be given priority.”
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“This would be followed by the elderly, people with underlying ailments and others.”
“So, the people of Osun should be rest assured that they will be duly vaccinated. We want our people to make themselves available for the vaccination when they are called upon.”
“It is desirable to have the vaccine, and the government indeed wants its citizens to be vaccinated, but our people should continue to adhere to safety protocols, because being vaccinated does not mean that a person cannot test positive for COVID-19 again.”
“We want our people to continue to mask up, wash their hands frequently and continue to maintain social distancing. For as long as we still have COVID-19 around us, we must continue to observe these guidelines”, Isamotu said.
Dr. Ajibola Olagunoye, the Consultant, Public Health Physician, and Head of Case Management, was the first person to be vaccinated in Osun State, according to the DAILY POST.
Mrs. Akanbi Oluwakemi, Matron in Charge of the Intensive Care Unit and Assistant Director of Nursing Services, accompanied him.