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29,205 people received COVID-19 vaccination in first phase – Adamawa govt

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29,205 people received COVID-19 vaccination in first phase – Adamawa govt

The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to 29,205 people of Adamawa State so far.

The state government which disclosed this on Monday said a few more people will be reached in the next couple of days, after which administration of the second dose would start on the same set of people on the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

The Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ADSHCDA), supervising the exercise, explained that the categories of people vaccinated include frontline health workers and security personnel, “strategic leaders” and intending pilgrims, as well as inmates of correctional centres in view.

The Executive Chairman of ADSHCDA, Dr Suleiman Bashir, told newsmen during a press briefing in Yola that the agency was set to reach 2,240 inmates of correctional centres across the state, as part of activities to mark the 2021 Africa Vaccination Week (April 24-30).

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He added that the inmates were among a few more people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the end of the first dose administration, after which “We will begin to administer the second dose on those who already have the first dose.”

He said the state would have exhausted all the doses received from the federal government if not that it was advised to let the doses go a second round to first beneficiaries.

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He assured that everyone who needs to be attended to in the first phase would be reached, explaining that the Federal Government had pledged additional doses to the state to augment whatever shortage may occur.

By the time the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine goes round to the people reached with the first dose, it would mark the end of the first phase of the vaccination exercise in the state.