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Ogun begins COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign

Ogun State Government, yesterday, threatened to bar residents of the state who are yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from gaining access to government offices, schools, markets and public transportation services.

Governor Dapo Abiodun, who gave the warning during the flag- off of COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in Abeokuta, the state capital, gave residents of the state a 60-day ultimatum to get vaccinated.

He said that the 60 days window would allow unvaccinated residents to take their jabs as part of moves to flatten the curve of the virus.

The governor, who declared that any resident of the state who fails to provide his or her vaccination card after the 60 days grace period would not be allowed access into public schools, markets, government offices and public transportation services.

Abiodun said the state targets vaccination of additional two million residents in the newly-flagged off mass vaccination exercise.

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The governor also disclosed that the state had increased vaccine centres from 131 to 509 to allow eligible residents have access to the vaccination.

In his remarks, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed that the Federal Government was targeting the vaccination of 50 per cent eligible population of Nigerians by the end of January 2022.

Shuaib revealed that as of September 2021, 5,684,939 Nigerians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,730,937 had been vaccinated with both first and second doses.

He said the figures represented five per cent and 2.8 per cent of the targeted population of 200 million Nigerians.

The NPHCDA director also disclosed that the Federal Government had set up a taskforce working in conjunction with security agencies to curb corruption and fraud in the vaccination exercise. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said the state recorded 5,370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 80 casualties.

The Guardian


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