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COVID-19 vaccination: Commissioner urges health workers to take second dose

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Health workers and residents of Enugu State scheduled for the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination have been advised to take their second jabs to get protected.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday.

Obi said a follow-up by people that took the first jab was to ensure they completed their dose and “enjoy the benefit of getting protected from the pandemic’’.

He said: “Within 15 days of taking your second dose, you will have a very clear state of immunisation against COVID-19.

“What it simply means, I want to state unequivocally, is that it may not necessary prevent you from catching the COVID-19 disease.

“But what the vaccination will do is to prevent you from having a severe form of the virus.

“What it means is that we are about to reach a point where the possibility of death from the virus will become reduced, if not completely eradicated, for those that had been vaccinated.”

He, therefore, urged the people to ensure they got their second dose once it commenced “to get them permanently shielded from severity and death from the pandemic”.

The commissioner said that both state and federal governments as well as health partners were working hard to get more doses of the vaccines into the country.

According to him, this is to ensure that the country covers other phases of the vaccine administration meant to reach every citizen.

“This will eventually lead to all Nigerians being vaccinated and being protected, including those not scheduled in this ongoing first phase of the vaccination,’’ he said. (NAN)

NAN reports that health workers, security operatives, the elderly and critical leaders were scheduled to take their doses of the vaccine in the first phase of the exercise.

NAN gathered that 33,800 of those involved had received their first jabs in the state and awaiting their second jabs, which began on June 1.

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