The Edo State Government has intensified the vaccination of eligible persons in the state with the second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, as part of efforts to contain the pandemic and ensure the safety of citizens.
The state’s COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, said the state has opened several vaccination posts across all wards and local councils in the state to ensure that every eligible person is inoculated.
Obi said the second dose vaccination exercise, which commenced on June 01, 2020, will last for 40 days, urging those who took the first dose to make themselves available for the booster dose meant to provide full protection against the virus.
The Incident Manager listed some of the centres for the vaccination to include Ibilo General Hospital, Ossoso Yola Primary Health Centre (PHC), Enwan Primary Health Centre, Benin Psychiatric Hospital, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Useh primary Health Centre, Egua-Edaiken Comprehensive Health Centre, Uwelu Primary Health Centre, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Opoji Primary Health Centre and Obiyon Primary Health Centre.
Others are Efandion Primary Health Centre, General Hospital Ewohimi, Ubiaja Primary Health Centre, Ihumudumu Primary Health Centre, General Hospital Iruekpen, Fugar General Hospital, Ivinone Comprehensive Primary Health Centre, Osomegbe Primary Health Centre, Agenebode General Hospital, Okugbe Comprehensive Health Centre, Okpekpe Primary Health Centre, Central Hospital Auchi, Ayogwiri Primary Health Centre, Iyamoh Comprehensive Health Centre, General Hospital Igueben, Ebelle Primary Health Centre and Evbomodu primary health centre.
Obi said the vaccination will also take place in Ogbeson Primary Health Centre, Ologbo Primary Health Centre, Ugbekun Primary Health Centre, Aruogba Primary Health Centre, Central Hospital Benin City, Oredo Primary Health Centre, Stella Obasanjo Women and Children Hospital, New Benin PHC, General Hospital Abudu, Igbanke General Hospital, Oduna Primary Health Centre, Okada Primary Health Centre and Oluku Primary Health Centre.
Also on the list of the vaccination centres are Iguobazuwa General Hospital, Ora Comprehensive Health Centre, Afuze Referral Centre, Ihievbe-Ogbe Primary Health Centre, Oluma Primary Health Centre, General Hospital Sabon Gida Ora, Sobe 1 Primary Health Centre, Igieduma Primary Health Clinic and Eyean Primary Health Centre.
The Incident Manager, who reiterated the need for residents to continue to comply with preventive protocols against the spread of the virus, said Edo was recording remarkable success in the management of the pandemic.
“We must adhere to all COVID-l9 guidelines even after vaccination to avoid a possible re-infection. Residents must continue to comply with all basic preventive measures including vaccination and frequent hand washing with soap under running water, avoiding close contacts and ensuring regular use of face masks,” he charged.