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3,358 health workers, others receive AstraZeneca jabs in Delta

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By Nosa Akenzua

Mixed reactions continue to greet the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Delta state just as about 3,358 persons, including health workers, had received the vaccination.

Although sensitisation and awareness of citizens had been very critical, investigation revealed that the exercise was greeted with fear across the 25 local government areas in the state, especially among the villagers who harboured negative impression about the vaccination.

Further investigation revealed that the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Specialist Hospital and Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) were major beneficiaries since the take-off of the vaccination in the state.

In Oshimili North, Oshimili South, among others, the situation had been worrisome with the people expressing their reservation about it and showing preference for traditional herbs to tackle the COVID- 19 pandemic disease

However, a health educator, Mrs Gloria Okorakpa, who spoke to our correspondent said “We have met some persons who rejected the vaccines and have also refused to be vaccinated. They alleged that the vaccines will kill them and so, would not take it but, rather, tackle the challenges of the pandemic disease with traditional herbs, which they believe would be more effective.”

Meanwhile, the Delta State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (DSPHCDA) has not relented in its efforts to see that the vaccines get to all concerned. DSPHCDA chairman in the state, Dr Isioma Okobah, who spoke to our correspondent said “We are doing our best to ensure that everyone who needs to be vaccinated gets access to the vaccine and, so far, the process has been full of wrong perception and fear.”

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