Market women in Edo State have been charged to complement the government’s efforts to end the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and protect citizens by coming out to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.
Leader, Edo State Market Women Association, Madam Blacky Omoregie, who led other members of the association on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, applauded the government’s readiness to manage the Delta variant of the virus.
The traders were received by the Secretary to the Edo State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie Esq.
Speaking after the meeting with the SSG, Madam Omoregie charged Edo citizens, especially market women who have not been vaccinated with the second dose to come out for vaccination to get full protection against the virus.
She added: “Those who are yet to be vaccinated should also come out to get vaccinated as the government begins another phase of COVID-19 vaccination.
“As a leader of Edo market women, I have been vaccinated and have completed my dose. A lot of market women have also taken the vaccine.
“For those that have not been vaccinated, I urge them to make themselves available for the second phase of the vaccination exercise, to protect them against the new Delta variant of COVID-19.
“COVID-19 pandemic is real. This third wave with the Delta variant is more deadly. The government can’t do it alone, but needs our support and all that we need to do is to make ourselves available for vaccination.
“The governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has been leading the campaign against COVID-19 and has done his best to ensure that Edo people are safe.
“I call on all everyone, especially market women who have not completed their doses to come out and do the needful, as the vaccines are not harmful but will protect them against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccine does not have any negative effect.”