COVID-19 3rd wave: Edo begins administration of second dose of Moderna vaccines, records two more deaths

Edo State, on Tuesday, commenced the administration of the second dose of Moderna vaccines across the state’s 18 local government councils as part of ramped up efforts to contain the third wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwony Irowa disclosed this to journalists during the daily briefing on COVID-19 at the Government House in Benin City.


According to him, “We are starting the administration of the second dose of Moderna vaccines within the state. We urge those who took the Moderna first dose to come out for the second dose from today to ensure that they are fully vaccinated. It will also increase their immunity.”


Irowa noted that the “COVID-19 vaccine uptake has improved significantly among the people. So far, we have vaccinated over 116,000 persons and still counting; we urge everyone to come forward to be vaccinated.”


Reassuring the government’s commitment to containing the pandemic, he said, “We are doing all to ensure that we stop the spread of the virus in the state. There are enough vaccines in the state, as we recently received another supply of vaccines. I call on citizens of Edo State to take advantage of the availability of the vaccines to get vaccinated.”


On his part, Head of the State’s COVID-19 Case Management, Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie, said the state has confirmed the death of two more unvaccinated persons, restating the need for citizens to get the vaccination in order to be fully protected against the virus.


He noted: “In the last 24 hours, Edo recorded 70 new cases of COVID-19, 12 recoveries, and two more deaths, with a test positivity rate of about 20 percent.


“Those that lost their lives in the last 24 hours include a 94-year-old male and 91-year-old female, who were both unvaccinated.”


Source: Edo State Government