Over 722,000 People Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Across Oyo State – Commissioner

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*Gov Makinde flag off mass vaccination  

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government

on Tuesday declared that over 722,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in and across the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bode Ladipo made this known at the flagging off of the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in the state, by Governor Seyi Makinde held at the Aleshinloye Market, in Ibadan
Dr Ladipo said there had been an increment in the number of those who tested positive and that the vaccination is free and it is meant for everybody above 18 years.
“We have been able to vaccinate over 722,000 people across the state, with just over 200,000 that are fully vaccinated in Oyo state. As we are speaking this morning, we have about 120 people that have been vaccinated with the booster dose”, he said.

Dr Ladipo added, ‘Your Excellency, with your leadership since the 21st of March when the task force was put together for the COVID-19, we followed your principle of looking at data, examining science, and basing our discretion on logic and decisions going forward and from there, Oyo State has been able to test about 75,000 people and 9,300 of them were positive”.
“In the last two months or so, we had an increment and that increment is expected based on the festivities and the movement of people across borders and boundaries. Within the last seven days, unfortunately, we have recorded 417 people that have tested positive, and most, unfortunately, two days back we recorded 122.”
The Commissioner stressed, ” what we are doing today is actually part of the effort to stem the tide of COVID-19 in Oyo state. Vaccination is free and it is meant for everybody, it is meant for people that are over the age of 18 years and I can assure you that we have put together a lot of infrastructure that should ensure that the vaccines are delivered at the right time.”
Governor Seyi Makinde at the flag off received a COVID-19 booster shot to further protect against COVID-19 with a call on the people of the state to take advantage of the free service to get vaccinated.
The governor pointed out that the flag-off was another logical step taken by Oyostate to curtail the spread of  COVID-19, and that the step was based on data and the scientific position that vaccines are safe in protecting people against the worst effects of the virus.
Appreciating  the frontline workers, for working tirelessly for nearly two years, to curtail the virus in the state, the governor noted that his government will continue to support them with the resources needed to get the job done.
“I want to specially recognise our development partners, because you have given us the vaccines for free and we are also giving it to our people free of charge.Well, we are here to flag off the mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Oyo State. It is close to two years now when the first case was reported in Nigeria and it subsequently hit us in the state”.
He stressed, ” majority of the people think it would vanish in three or four months but it is now close to two years that we have been battling with it. From the beginning of the pandemic, we have known that this will be with us for a very long time. I heard the Speaker saying that maybe by this time next year, we would be celebrating a COVID-19-free environment; well, there is nothing God cannot do. But you see, science, logic, and data are still saying that this virus is going to be with us for some time.”ENDS.

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