States Take Delivery Of COVID-19 Vaccines, Begin Inoculation

States across the country have been receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after Saturday’s public vaccination of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a ceremony held at the New Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.

Ogun governor, others take vaccine jabs

A former Ogun State governor, Olusegun Osoba, on Tuesday, took his jab of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, allaying fears of side effects of the vaccine.

Osoba, who took his dose of the vaccine on Tuesday at the governor’s office Clinic at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, declared that there “is absolutely no risk or danger in taking the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Governor Dapo Abiodun, his deputy, Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele, and other members of the State Executive Council had on Monday night received the AstraZeneca vaccines.

They took the first jabs at a brief ceremony a couple of hours after taking delivery of 50,000 units of the vaccine donated by the World Health Organisation and the federal government.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, quoted Osoba after taking his jabs, as saying he took it upon himself to come for the vaccination to encourage others not to hesitate in taking it.

The governor, after being administered with his first dose of the vaccine, said the vaccination was a symbolic exercise done to show to the people how safe the vaccines are for them.

Also vaccinated against the COVID-19 were the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Salisu Afolabi Shuaib; Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Dapo Okubadejo.

Lagos setting modalities for vaccine administration

Lagos State on Tuesday morning also received doses of the vaccines from the federal government.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this while speaking at the 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, which was held at the Police College, Ikeja.

He said the state government received the vaccines at about 4am on Tuesday, noting that they are kept in a safe place.

He assured Lagosians that the government is putting modalities in place for the administration of the vaccines in line with the scheduled guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

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