Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has taken his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first to receive its first batch of the vaccines among the comity of states in the country.
The governor took the first jab of the vaccine at the Governor’s office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital. His deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, and two frontline health workers were also administered the vaccine. After taking the vaccine, the governor said
Taking our doses is first, service to self then to the people, because we can only silence the virus if we think and act together. We should be aware that even our two doses don’t preclude the use of facemasks and compliance with other safety guidelines.
The governor, therefore, urged everyone all to make themselves available to take the vaccine, especially those prioritised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on the basis of profession, age, or other criteria.
Ogun State government had earlier on Monday evening took delivery of 50,000 doses of the first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Governor received the vaccines while giving assurance that the vaccines will be deployed immediately across all wards of the 20 local governments areas of the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some frontline health workers received their jabs on Saturday.
The first shipment of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines arrived Nigeria on Tuesday last week at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.