The Akwa Ibom State Government has received 63,336 doses of Moderna Vaccine to help combat Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.
The Chairman, Akwa Ibom COVID-19 Committee, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo on Thursday.
Ekuwem said that the state was set for an immediate ‘full roll-out vaccination’ of its citizens as it is currently battling with 796 active cases of COVID-19 infections.
“Full roll-out of vaccination commences immediately. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity; get vaccinated and protected against the virus,” he said.
He said that the vaccine is safe and effective, adding that it would be available at designated areas in Uyo and PHC bases in the different local government areas.
Ekuwem, who is also the Secretary to the State Government said the state would henceforth ensure enforcement of compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
He assured that the monitoring mechanisms were recently reactivated to ensure strict compliance with guidelines and protocols.
Ekuwem added that the state government would apprehend anyone flouting the directive.
He said the state government had issued a one-hour maximum duration gathering for religious bodies in the state.
Ekuwem warned that businesses, worship places and corporate organisations risk being shut down if they fail to comply with the directives.
“It has since been confirmed by NCDC that the Delta variant of covid-19 virus found in parts of the country is in our dear state.
“This will partly explain the rapid increase in the number of cases in the state because of its high infectivity rate.
“It has therefore, become imperative that we take actions to rein in the spread of the infection.
“We have, however, noted, that the necessary precautions and guidelines earlier recommended are hardly being adhered to.
“Government shall henceforth enforce compliance with covid-19 guidelines; Churches and Mosques should run at half capacity and services should last for not more than one hour.
“Hotels, sit-outs, clubs, schools, transport companies, supermarkets, banks, pharmacies should all ensure compliance with all Covid-19 protocols in their facilities.
“Suspicious symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, body pains and weakness should be reported to the nearest Covid-19 facility,” Ekuwem said.