Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has flagged off the initiative to vaccinate three million residents against COVID-19 by the end of January 2022.
Speaking at the event in Akure on Tuesday, Akeredolu said that the initiative was in continuation of his administration’s resolve to expand the Covid-19 vaccination coverage across the 18 council areas of the state.
The governor, represented by his Deputy, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said that it was his resolve to ensure the safety of all residents in the state.
“The state government through the Primary Health Care Development Agency introduced mass vaccination campaign exercise MVC to reduce the spread of COVID 19.
“And to achieve more success in reducing the spread of Covid-19, a new approach targeted at vaccinating about 80 percent of the population in the state is being introduced,’’ the governor said.
He said that vaccination had been proved to be the effective way of combating the pandemic, and urged residents to come out to get vaccinated.
Akeredolu also enjoined residents of the state to always adhere strictly to the precautionary measures put in place, especially the use of facemasks, to reduce the spread of the virus.
Earlier in his welcome address, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu the Permanent Secretary of, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said temporary posts will be established at designated places across the 18 council areas for ease of residents to take the vaccine.
Other health partners, who spoke through the Coordinator of WHO in Ondo state, Dr. Akinola Fatiregun lauded the Ondo State government for its tremendous success in the fight against Covid-19.
He called for more advocacy to further sensitise the people on the need to take the vaccine and adhere to COVID 19 protocols.