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COVID-19: How campaign boosts vaccination

By Adedotun Aderoboye

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The recent surge in  numbers of people getting vaccinated against  Covid-19 virus in Ondo West Local Government area of Ondo state has been attributed to the aggressive   campaigns at the local government area.

This was made known by the Local Immunization Officer, Mrs. Folasade Akinnubi in an interview with The Hope in Ondo

She praised the state government under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for  pushing to make sure that people were vaccinated against Covid-19.

She said, “We get regular funding for the exercise from the state government. Since we started the mass vaccination campaigns, more institutions in the community have been involved in the programme to make it accessible to people.

In the past, we had seven health facilities which have been increased to nineteen.

“We have mass vaccination campaign at Moferere market, Sabo market and Akure motor park everyday. We also have two outreach teams moving around the community everyday. So, with this strategy, we are able to vaccinate large number of people within short period of time.”

Mrs. Akinnubi added that the mass vaccination campaigns have given the health officials ample opportunities to meet with residents who were not willing to take the Covid-19 vaccines and have been able to convince many to take the jabs .

She said, “Our officials in the mass vaccination campaigns and outreach teams are also giving  the responsibility of talking to people who may have decided not to get the vaccines because of  false information. They talk to them about the benefits of having the vaccines and many people are changing their views because of this.”

Mrs. Akinnubi encouraged residents of the local government  to stop listening to mischievous messages  that the vaccines was not safe.

Her words, “For the sake of our own health, it is better that we receive COVID-19 vaccines. With that, we will have the assurance that we have immunity against the virus. Our people need to stop believing that someone or any institution wants to harm them with the vaccines.

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