Oyo Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has said that 75000 people in the state have been vaccinated against the infection in the first round of vaccination exercise, with only one person recording serious effects from the vaccine and other 398 with mild symptoms in form of slight headache and pain at the injection site.
In a report by Dr Olusola Oriniowo, Oyo EOC’s Co-lead on Risk Communication and Community Engagement Pillar, who spoke on Wednesday at an interactive session with media on COVID-19 in the state reported that a sample of 1000 people to know how many developed adverse effects following vaccination found 58 per cent had mild side effects, with pain at injection site the overwhelming majority of these effects.
Dr Oriniowo, also said that there was underreporting of cases of side effects of the vaccine in Oyo State, adding that individuals are expected to report any symptom they noticed following the vaccine to be able to gain access to the right medical advice and care on how to manage any effects of the vaccine.
Speaking on the current COVID -19 situation in the state, he said as of 6th of June 2021, 42,870 samples were tested, 6,558 tested positive for COVID-19; 6,731 people had recovered from the infection; 124 deaths recorded and 3 active cases of COVID-19 on treatment.
Dr Taiwo Ladipo, Incident Manager, Oyo State COVID-19 Emergency Operation Centre, mentioned that the influx of people from countries with a high burden of COVID-19 cases and apathy towards COVID-19 testing is a major concern to the EOC and advised that individuals in the community cooperate in ensuring suspected cases gets tested and treated.
According to Dr Ladipo, “even when we test minimally, we might just have a single case and it is something that is given us concern because it shows that we have not mopped it up in our society. Unfortunately, most of the testing is incidentally because some people want to travel abroad.
“So, we have more cases coming in from private laboratories that are doing the test for international travels and that tells us that we are still in the woods. The situation, we are in even portend danger because although we think that there are few cases, we could have some with new variants of COVID-19 causing calamity in other climes.”
Dr Ladipo mentioned that the number of people vaccinated in Oyo state is still low and not enough to ensure herd immunity and urged everyone to get set to be vaccinated during the next round of COVID -19 vaccination exercise in the state.
Mrs Titilope Akinleye, Oyo State Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer charged the media to disregard untrue and unverified information on COVID-19, sensitise the public on the necessity to adhere to preventive measures and be tested for COVID-19.