Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, his Deputy, Barr Kelechi Igwe, on Thursday, were given the Covid 19 vaccine at the new Government House, Abakaliki.
The vaccine arrived the state on Wednesday night. Others who received the vaccine include wives of the governor, and Deputy, members of the State Executive Council and Local Government Council Chairmen.
Umahi and his Deputy were vaccinated by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike.
Speaking after receiving the vaccine, Governor Umahi warned against commercialization of the vaccination adding that such act would create room for fake vaccine to flood the state.
The governor, directed the State Deputy Governor, Barr Kelechi Igwe to monitor strictly the process of the vaccination and to ensure that those who should receive the vaccine were all captured in the 13 local government areas of the state.
He reiterated that the vaccination should not be made compulsory but encouraged the health workers, people above 60 years of age and others to ensure they receive the vaccine to protect them from the dangers of the pandemic.
He said, “We must ensure strict monitoring of the vaccination because if we did not monitor it closely, there are two things that will start happening, you will see the vaccine going outside the confines of the ministry and then the people will be asked to pay money”.
“They will ask the people to pay money to be vaccinated. Then the fake Covid 19 vaccination will also come in and that will kill our people. I don’t want anything that will kill our people. So I want this vaccination to be properly monitored”.
“I want everyone that will be vaccinated to fill a form and that form must be signed by the Deputy Governor and the Commissioner for Health before the vaccination will take place. The Deputy Governor must send to me daily how many persons have been vaccinated and at the end of every week the cumulative figure of the number of persons vaccinated”.
Umahi noted that members of Ebonyi state house of Assembly will be allocated 1000 doses, Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki 4000, the State Exco, their spouses and their children above 18 years, members of the Judiciary 1000 and security agencies 4000.
Others include Elderly people above 60 years 13000, Local Government Chairmen and their families 2500, State Civil Servants 3500, Local Government Civil Servants 3500, Government House Workers 1000 and others 2390.
He urged the taskforce to ensure that the vaccination is completed within a period of 10 days to maintain its efficacy and urged the people to embrace the vaccination.
The commissioner of Health, Dr. Umezuruike, maintained that the state is following the national guidline in the vaccination exercise and commended the State Governor and other strategic leaders for volunteering to be vaccinated.
Umezuruike, added that all the plans to ensure the success of the vaccination has been put in place and that the health workers have been trained to give the vaccines.
He noted that the state has 5 centers in each local government area for the vaccination and assured the state governor of the smooth vaccination exercise.