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Oyo completes phase 1 of COVID -19 vaccine distribution -EOC

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By Oluwabukola Akanni

The Oyo state government has concluded the first phase of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution which has focused on healthcare workers and other frontline workers.

This is contained in a statement Sunday by Dr Tomi Owopetu-Iken, a member of the State Emergency Operations Center for COVID-19.

The state urged those who took the first vaccine to receive the second dose, known as the booster dose.

He said skipping the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine could reduce the vaccine’s effectiveness.

He also urged those already vaccinated not to let go of their guard against the coronavirus, as the vaccine does not guarantee absolute protection against the virus.

“For anyone who received the first dose, it is important to note when your second dose is due and to make sure you receive it on time.

“This is important because both doses are needed for maximum effectiveness. Remember that all other preventive measures against COVID-19 must still be followed even after receiving the vaccine.

“Getting the vaccine doesn’t mean you can’t get the virus. The vaccine will strengthen your immune system to fight off the virus, reducing the risk of developing the severe form of the disease which can lead to hospitalization and / or death, ”he said.

The (NAN) recalls that as of April 6, no less than 32,781 people had received the first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine in the state, according to the count by the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care (NPHCDA).

At the groundbreaking ceremony, the state government said phase two would focus on vulnerable people over the age of 50 with co-morbidities. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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