Ogun Takes Delivery Of 50,000 Doses Of AstraZeneca COVID - 19 Vaccine - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, March 8, 2021

Ogun Takes Delivery Of 50,000 Doses Of AstraZeneca COVID - 19 Vaccine

                       • Abiodun (left)

By Our Reporter

Governor Dapo Abiodun Ogun State on Monday took delivery of 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine donated to the state by the Federal Government.

Abiodun received the vaccines at the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, shortly after the arrival of the state team led by Commissioner of Health, Dr Tomi Coker.

The Daily Crucible recalls that on February 27, 2020 Nigeria recorded its first case of Coronavirus which was incidentally found in Ogun State. The index case was an Italian national who entered Nigeria from Milan two days earlier on a business visit. He took ill  on February 26 and was evacuated to Lagos State Biosecurity Laboratory where he was tested and the result came out positive to the dreadful Covid-19. 

Speaking on Monday evening,  the governor told newsmen that Ogun is the first state to receive the vaccines, saying the 50,000 doses make the first batch of vaccines expected while another batch of 50,000 doses is expected to  arrive between Monday night and Tuesday.

He said he and his Deputy, Engineer Noimot Salako-Oyedele, would lead the vaccination at a later date to be fixed by the state medical team.

He warned against snubbing of the safety protocols, saying vaccines would only reduce the severity of the virus.

The governor said :“We will commence vaccination in line with the scheduled guidelines laid down by NPHCDA. They have identified particular state hospitals, general hospitals, primary health care centres across the state that would be used for this vaccination.

“I’m sure you are aware that there is a portal that already exists and there is a link that allows you to register or preregister and identify your local government so it can as close to the available centre as possible.

“We will be prioritising our front line health workers, our elders and we go down the line as stipulated by NPHCDA.

“Definitely, we are beginning to see the end of this pandemic that has disrupted our lives like we have never anticipated in the last 13 months.

“But this is not an opportunity to throw our masks away. This vaccine that we are getting, the protocol is that we get the first shot and then we get the booster shots and it is not until we get that booster shots that we have the required level of immunity.

“Even at that, what science tells us is that it is meant to reduce the severity of disease so the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines will still continue to obtain.”

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