THE Executive Secretary of the Anambra State Primary HealthCare Development Agency, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu has disclosed that about 17, 272 persons have received the COVID-19 vaccines in the state as at Saturday.
Ezenyimulu said since Governor Willie Obiano kick-started the vaccination exercise on 18th March, the agency has been working assiduously administering the COVID-19 vaccines on the citizenry, stressing that the exercise has been going on smoothly without hitches.
Ezenyimulu who spoke with our reporter in her office in Awka, further disclosed that at the commencement of the exercise, there was an initial mild apathy towards reception of the COVID-19 vaccines but according to her, it was quickly resolved when people began to see that there were no side effects to the vaccines.
She said there were 129 vaccination centres across the 21 local government areas of the state and the centres have been actively vaccinating people. She equally noted that there were mobile posts actively involved in the exercise. \
The Executive Secretary stated that vaccinations were also conducted at the churches and that the Anambra sports contingent also received COVID-19 innoculation, adding that some of the centres in Awka include the State Secretariat Complex, Judiciary, House of Assembly Complex, Government House, Governor’s Lodge and a host of others.
She explained that the target for the first round of the COVID-19 vaccination were frontline workers as well as non-health personnel in the armed forces, the Police, Department for State Services, Immigration Service. Others include traditional rulers, presidents-general, local government chairmen, to mention a few, as they were stakeholders who helped to boost the confidence of the people in the vaccination process.
She however recalled that Anambra state received 78, 810 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines and that the vaccines were being managed carefully even as she stated that persons from 50 years and above were also being captured in the ongoing first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination across the state.