Gombe State Government says it has received 87,360 doses of Moderna and 12,794 doses of Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines, totalling 100,154 doses ahead of the second phase of coronavirus vaccination in the state.
Announcing the number of doses received by the state, Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Jatau revealed that over 67 vaccination points have also been designated across the 11 Local Government Areas.
Recall that prior to the commencement of this phase over 47,000 residents of Gombe have so far been inoculated with the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Jatau who also superintends the state’s COVID-19 Management Committee noted that the received COVID-19 vaccine doses would help the state in vaccinating a wider reach.
“As I said, this is an exercise that will continue until the year 2022, so there is no cause for alarm. We are ready for all to be vaccinated. The thing is if you take the vaccine now, don’t take it again. Don’t be too greedy.
“For us to continue with this phase, 67 points in 11 LGA’s have been designated including the state capital for people to access the vaccines easily,” Jatau said.
While commenting on the batch of vaccines received, the deputy governor lamented the resurgence of coronavirus globally.
Jatau further enjoined residents above 18 years to present themselves for vaccination, noting that those yet to complete their doses can take advantage of the second phase.
He said, “We have received the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccine that will be used on our citizens.
“On Friday, 27th of August 2021 the state received a batch of over 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines made for the second phase of the vaccination exercise.
“Recently, there has been an upsurge or resurgence in the cases of COVID-19 in the country, in the world.
“The arrival of the vaccination exercise is therefore timely, germane and apt in this time where the need for the vaccine has proven to be the only way we can have safe and effective means of preventing the spread of this disease and also to mitigate the effect.
“I’m very much aware there are those who took just one dose before and could not get the second one, unfortunately, because the doses available were short. At the moment we have it (the vaccine) on ground, so people should come and complete their vaccination.”
On his part, Commissioner for Health Dr. Habu Dahiru explained that 87,360 doses of the Moderna and 12,794 doses of Astrazeneca would help augment the existing shortfall in the state.
According to him, “All vaccines are the same just like paracetamol having different brands. They have the same potency, the same efficacy, same performance.
“Those that have taken Astrazeneca as their first dose, can still take Astrazeneca as their second dose. Beginners can start with Moderna. So whichever one you take is the same, it will give you the same effect.”