Abia State government on Thursday announced that the state would on Monday, March 8 begin vaccination of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on members of the public.
According to a tweet on his official twitter handle; @GovernorIkpeazu, Gov. Ikpeazu stated the vaccination exercise will last for 10 days.
Ikpeazu who assured that the state has two large cold store in Umuahia, the state capital and solar refrigerators in all the wards of the state’s primary healthcare centers to store the vaccines that will be sent to them, disclosed that the target of the state government was to ensure that at least, 40percent of Abians would be vaccinated before the end of the year.
The governor who appealed to Abians to make themselves available for vaccination disclosed that frontline workers, the elderly and other vulnerable groups would be the first group of persons to be vaccinated.
“After months of waiting, I’m glad to announce that the COVID-19 vaccinations will start in Abia on Monday, March 8, 2021. It’s aimed to last 10 days with a target of vaccinating at least 40% of Abians before end of the year. We have two large cold stores in Umuahia and solar refrigerators in all wards of our Primary Healthcare Centres to store the AstraZeneca vaccines.
“Frontline workers will receive the vaccine first followed by elderly persons and then other vulnerable groups. By now, the little iota of doubt that surrounded the reality of the existence of COVID-19 must have cleared.
“I therefore encourage citizens to make themselves available for vaccination against the virus to ensure our collective early return to normalcy.
“Vaccination is a worldwide approved medical strategy aimed at preparing our body to develop resistance and immunity against diseases such as Covid-19.
“Already, we have regular vaccinations against small pox, yellow fever etc, therefore there is nothing unusual about covid-19 vaccination.
“It is in that light that we call on our people to embrace it and follow Government plans to enable it reach us all starting with the most vulnerable in our society.
“On our part as Government, we are currently mobilizing needed manpower and sensitizing citizens from ward level up.
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“Let me assure NdiAbia that we’ll keep doing everything to defeat the pandemic, keep our people safe so that our return to a life of normalcy can be meaningfully expedited,” said Ikpeazu in the tweets.