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Edo set for second batch of COVID-19 vaccines

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, revealed that the state will receive its second batch of COVID-19 vaccines at the weekend to protect the people against the pandemic.

He disclosed this during at inspection at the Edo State Primary Healthcare Agency, to monitor the state’s readiness ahead of arrival of the vaccines.

He maintained that as the third wave of COVID and the Delta variant continued to ravage the world, the state government was working with its epidemiological team to contain the Delta variant.

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“This visit is to check our response arrangements and emergency facilities, which we used for the first and second waves of COVID-19 to ensure that they are in shape and are ready for the response that we are currently planning for the third wave.

“The Edo State COVID-19 response team has been reactivated. l am the Chairman of the team, while the Deputy Governor is Chairman of the Technical Committee. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Executive Secretary of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency and experts from the University of Benin are ready to ensure that we are not caught unawares,” he said.

Obaseki added that the state government would receive some Moderna vaccines this weekend and his visit was in preparation for the receipt of the vaccines to ensure that the process for delivering them was completed.

On his part, the state’s Specialist Epidemiologist, Dr. Greg Oko-Oboh, urged citizens who have been vaccinated with the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to take their second dose.

“We are receiving about 3.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, including Moderna, AstraZeneca, as well as Johnson and Johnson. We have enough and it will be spread over time. For now, we are expecting the Moderna vaccine, which is different from the AstraZeneca we earlier received.

“People cannot take different doses of the vaccines. If you take AstraZeneca vaccine in the first dose, it must be AstraZeneca for the second dose and not Moderna. The Federal Government and the state have tried to ensure that we have the two doses for vaccination.

“In the data we are monitoring, we have about 20,600 Edo citizens that took the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and have not taken the second dose and encourage everyone to take the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine when it arrives,” he stated.

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