The Government of Ekiti State has called on residents to accept and take-up the COVID-19 vaccines when they eventually arrive the state.
The state commissioner for health and human services Dr Oyebanji Filani stated this at a one-day training for risk communication teams, organised by the State Ministry of Health and Human Services across the 16 LGAs in Ekiti state.
Dr Filani who expressed his confidence in the ability of the vaccine to curtail the spread of the deadly virus stated that all necessary precautions and scientific protocols were adhered to in the process of producing the vaccine. He said:
“We are aware of the of the worry among most people concerning taking the vaccines. However, these vaccines are thoroughly tested through rigorous procedures before their release. Evidence has shown that the COVID-19 vaccine is similar to other vaccines in terms of safety. Therefore, I encourage Ekiti kete to receive these vaccines to finally bring an end to this pandemic”.
The commissioner mentioned that the state has made adequate preparation to receive the vaccines citing the earlier procured solar refrigerators as part of the preparation for adequate storage.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health Dr Jimlas Oginsakin reiterated that the training was organised to build the capacity of the risk communication and sensitisation teams on vaccine acceptance.
Dr. Ogunsakin noted that the Risk Communication team comprised of health educators, environmental officers, Information officers, community development officers and other relevant stakeholders.
The chairman of the health educators’ team, Mr Suberu Omotayo, spoke on behalf of other participants stating that the team has been working hard to educate and enlighten communities on the importance of observing COVID-19 prevention protocols.
Mr Suberu assured the state government that the team will organise extensive campaigns to promote acceptance of the vaccines in the state.
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