Edo urges residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19

The Edo State Government has urged residents to complement the government’s efforts at containing the COVID-19 pandemic by getting vaccinated.

The state’s COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr Andrew Obi, gave the charge while addressing journalists in Benin City on Sunday.

Obi, who reassured all of the government’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of citizens, reiterated the need for all residents to continue to comply with protocols.

He said it was important for all residents to be vaccinated to stay alive and healthy, as more unvaccinated persons continue to die from the virus.

Obi noted that all persons who have died from the virus during the third wave of the pandemic in the state were unvaccinated, while over 96 per cent of confirmed cases are those who were never vaccinated.

He said, “While the government intensifies efforts to contain the pandemic and ensure the safety of Edo citizens, we charge everyone who has been administered with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, to come out for the second dose to get full protection against the virus, while others who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to come out and get the vaccination, as the vaccines are safe, free and effective.

“Also, all citizens must continue to comply with all basic preventive measures including frequent handwashing with soap under running water, avoiding close contacts and ensuring regular use of face masks.” PUNCH 

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