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Osun State Adopts Integrated Strategies, Targets Over Two Million Residents for COVID-19 Vaccination



Osun State Adopts Integrated Strategies, Targets Over Two Million Residents for COVID-19 Vaccination

We have been adopting various strategies to bring vaccines to the people and have established vaccination posts throughout the border settlements.

OSUN, Nigeria, December 4, 2021 / APO Group / –

As the holiday season approaches and less than 2.9% of Nigerians are vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, the state of Osun is implementing innovative integrated strategies to increase the percentage of residents who are vaccinated against the virus.

Osun state, like many others in the country, unveiled a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign. With the support of the WHO, Osun also established vaccination sites closer to the population and along the border settlements, with the goal of having two million (50% of its population) fully vaccinated by January 2022.

WHO State Coordinator Dr Ahmed Bello said: “The lack of vaccination of a large percentage of Nigerians leaves most of the population unprotected against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To mitigate sustained community transmission within the country, we have adopted various strategies to bring vaccines closer to people and have established vaccination posts along the border settlements. In addition, WHO has supported the state in the installation of 46 points of mass vaccination throughout Senate districts. The State is also leveraging the existing polio framework and National Immunization Days Plus (NIPD) to integrate COVID-19 vaccination into the state, “he said.

The state of Osun is located in the southwestern region and shares state boundaries with five states: Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara, along 14 (Odo Otin, Ila and Ifedayo, Obokun, Oriade, Ife South, Olorunda, Ejigbo, Iwo, Ayedire, Isokan, Irewole, Ayedaade and IFe North) of its 30 local government areas (LGA).

Dr. Bello added that the state of Osun, supported by partners, has been conducting border synchronization meetings with border states at the LGA / district / settlement level for better planning and quality vaccination.

Vaccination against COVID-19 has been accepted globally as a critical public health response measure to prevent severe COVID-19 illness and deaths. Nigeria, since March 2021 implemented the mass vaccination exercise using three vaccines (AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen ‘Johnson and Johnson). However, the acceptance of vaccination in the country remains low. As of November 29, 2021, 6644441 (5.9% of 111,760,503) people had received at least the first dose and 3,645,757 received two doses (3.3%)

In Osun state, 105 417 (5.2%) of the 2 million target people (34% of the total population) have been fully vaccinated and 257,408 (12.4%) people have received their first puncture as of 29 February. November 2021. The state of Osun has an estimated total population of 5,764,868 and approximately 50% of this in the age group 18 years and over, this implies that 88% of the goal is not yet covered.

Speaking at the campaign banner at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, on November 19, 2021, State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, who was represented by Lieutenant Governor Benedict Alabi, said that the massive campaign is also part of the strategies to prevent the recurrence of COVID-19 infection and achieve herd immunity in the state …

Alabi said the state has more ground to cover to reach more than the target population (2 million) by January 31, 2022.

“I am pleased to announce that about two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been allocated to the State and that all eligible individuals who have not yet been vaccinated now have access to the vaccines.

“We have established fixed posts in our primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities, outreach posts in places outside the health facilities and special places such as churches, mosques, markets and shopping centers will be used. I urge indigenous people and residents of the state Get the most out of it Take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated as vaccines have been tested and shown to be reliable, safe, and effective in protecting people.

Thanking WHO and its partners for the support provided to the state in the fight against the virus and other health interventions, he said: “I want to thank WHO, UNICEF and other partners for their support since the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine. in the state of Osun.

“Additionally, I want to implore community leaders, stakeholders, women, and religious leaders to help mobilize all eligible individuals to take advantage of this golden opportunity to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. It is a way that we can all be protected against the virus. We must also continue to observe non-pharmaceutical measures such as the use of masks, hand washing and maintaining social distance, ”he said.

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