BENIN CITY – Edo has vaccinated 13, 662 persons across the state’s 18 local government areas with the Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine with none showing any adverse effects after vaccination.
Executive Secretary of the state’s Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Julie Erhabor, disclosed this during the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Erhabor who reassured the government’s commitment to containing the pandemic and ensuring the safety of residents, said the state has intensified the vaccination exercise with the training of more health workers and creation of more vaccination posts to increase coverage.
Noting that the vaccine is safe and effective, the Executive Secretary urged residents to avail themselves the opportunity provided by the government to inoculate themselves and break the chain of COVID-19 transmission in the state.
Meanwhile, the State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi said Edo recorded two new cases and 12 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with no death in over ten days.
Obi noted that the two new cases were reported from the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) laboratory, adding that active case search and targeted sample collection/testing are ongoing across all communities in the state.
He disclosed that Edo has so far collected 21, 790 samples and recorded 2, 177 cases, 2062 recoveries and 73 deaths since December 01, 2020 when the state started tracking the second wave of the pandemic.
The Incident Manager who urged residents to make use of the opportunity of the ongoing vaccination exercise to get themselves protected against the deadly virus, charged citizens to continue to comply with all guidelines to curtail the spread of the infectious disease and prevent re-infection.
Noting that the community transmission for the virus in the state stands at 92.2 percent, Obi charged residents with COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.