Osun has formally started the vaccination of its frontline health workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.
This came to be after the state received 64,240 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday night.
the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, while speaking during the vaccination of health workers, said vaccinating the frontline workers first was in accordance with the laid down guidelines of the Federal Government for the exercise.
He further said, “This is the first phase of the exercise. We want to administer vaccines to our frontline health workers first. They are the ones at the battle front and it is only ideal that their vaccination be given priority.
“This would be followed by the elderly, people with underlying ailments and others.
“So, the people of Osun should be rest assured that they will be duly vaccinated. We want our people to make themselves available for the vaccination when they are called upon.
“It is desirable to have the vaccine, and the government indeed wants its citizens to be vaccinated, but our people should continue to adhere to safety protocols, because being vaccinated does not mean that a person cannot test positive for COVID-19 again.
“We want our people to continue to mask up, wash their hands frequently and continue to maintain social distancing. For as long as we still have COVID-19 around us, we must continue to observe these guidelines”, Isamotu said.
It was gathered that the first person to be vaccinated in Osun State was Dr. Ajibola Olagunoye, the Consultant, Public Health Physician and the Head of Case Management.
He was followed by the Matron in charge of the Intensive Care Unit, and Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Mrs. Akanbi Oluwakemi.