Delta flags off Covid vaccination Friday with 85,700 doses


By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

Covid-19 vaccination will begin in Delta State on Friday, March 12, 2021. The state has already taken custody of 85,700 doses.

This will be the first phase.

Nigeria received three million doses and shared them to the states of the federation with certain conditions states must meet. The states that met them have started receiving theirs.

The flag-off is taking place as the state government has received  85,700 doses of Oxford/Astrazeneca  COVID-19 vaccine, from the federal government.

The vaccination which would start with Governor Okowa Okowa, at the Executive Chambers of Government House, Asaba, would also see the governor head to Asaba Specialist Hospital as part of the flag off.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, who made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Asaba on Thursday, said that in this first stage, the vaccine would be administered to frontline health workers and other health workers.

Ononye who said  that this would be the phase one of the exercise, disclosed that the phases would capture various segments of the population from 18 years and above.

He added that this first stage, the vaccine is also expected to be administered to other non-health frontline workers like the immigration, military, customs and police personnel.

We expect that in the next phase we will be able to capture more and more of the state’s population  in the exercise as more vaccines are expected to come to the state, he explained.

Ononye revealed that personnel have trained to ensure they understand what to do in case of some adverse effects, adding that the state has adequate facility for the storage of the vaccine.

Those with reactions after the vaccination would be treated free of charge just as the vaccine is free of charge, he assured, while expressing hope for hitch-free exercise.