By MaryAnn Chukwuma

Awka, April 1, 2021 (MOI) The Anambra State Head of Service (HOS), Barr. Harry Udu and some other senior staff members of the service have been hailed for taking the COVID-19 vaccination.

Commissioners for Information and Public Enlightenment lauded their acceptance of the vaccine, saying that they were their subordinates and other members of the public the right way to go.

“It is remarkable that high ranking members of Government are showing good examples for the service to follow suit,’’ remarked Mr. C Don Adinuba the Information Commissioner in an interview by Officer attached to HOS.

The vaccination exercise, which kicked off on March 18, at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka marked an official commencement of the phase one of the vaccination against the Coronavirus.

The vaccination exercise which was held in four phases were targeted at breaking the cycle transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic in Anambra State.

The HOS, Barr. Udu explained that the vaccine was without any side effects and called on Ndi Anambra to come out en-mass to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.

Udu, who expressed his satisfaction at the process, described it as hitch-free, while thanking the governor for his swiftness at ensuring that his children were protected against the virus.

The civil service Chief called on Ndi Anambra to disregard the rumours “that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes severe side effects”, bearing in mind that a person would not only be immunised for himself but for his neighbours as well.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Ogochukwu Okpala had enjoined Ndi Anambra to key into the process so as to get immunised with the harmless AstraZeneca vaccine.

“Do not waiver in your faith in the leadership of Anambra State as the government has taken all precautionary measures to ensure a clinically proven safe vaccine is used to achieve the strong immunisation goal.

The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Solid Minerals, Science and Technology, Mrs Sally Mbanefo praised Gov. Willie Obiano for always being proactive and first to implement sensitive matters like this.

Mrs Mbanefo also encouraged Ndi Anambra to remain fearless as the AstraZeneca vaccine had proved to be safe and to prevent the COVID-19 infection.

A Special Adviser on Health and Pension Matters, Mr Dozie Okpalaugo who was also vaccinated admonished Ndi Anambra to recognise the amount of work the government had invested to ensure that this vaccine was readily available in the state.

In their separate remarks, the Head of the Secretariat Clinic, Chinenye Akusoba, a Nurse and another Nurse, Mrs Oluchi Ekechukwu, identified the only possible side effects to be mild fever and little pain at the injected site which could be taken care of with a dose of pain relievers. The clinic, then, provided a link for the online registration to be eligible for the vaccine as while noting that the process would be free of charge and without hitches. (MOI)

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