Bayelsa State Government has flagged off the Scales three point zero Covid-19 Vaccination campaign, with a call on the people to make themselves available for immunization against the global pandemic.
Flagging off the campaign in Government House, Yenagoa, the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, thanked the Corona Management Systems, the State Ministry of Health, the Primary Healthcare Board, and other critical partners that have made concerted efforts to take the campaign to its present level in the state.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who dispelled rumors that the vaccines were unsafe, appealed to the public to take advantage of the third round of the COVID-19 immunization which had just been launched.
He maintained that if the rumors were true, then the health status of many who had taken the vaccines in the first and second rounds would have confirmed the fears, and therefore, called on Bayelsans to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the virus.
The Deputy Governor, who chairs the State Taskforce on Immunization, said the government’s target was to take the vaccination coverage in Bayelsa to at least seventy percent in the short run.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo also reminded all critical stakeholders not to take their attention off routine immunization and primary health coverage, even as the COVID-19 vaccination is being scaled up in the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Igwele, said that the COVID-19 Scales three point zero Strategy Vaccination Campaign was the third phase of the nationwide immunization exercise and encouraged Bayelsans to ensure they are all vaccinated.