Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, and other members of the State Executive Council on Monday evening received the AstraZeneca vaccines.
They took the first jabs of the vaccine on Monday 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.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kunle Somorin, a former Governor of the State and a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Olusegun Osoba took his dose of the vaccine on Tuesday at the Governor’s office clinics at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
A long standing frontline worker, Dr Abimbola Olaitan, who has been managing the state-owned isolation centre in Abeokuta since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, was the first to take the vaccine in the state on Monday.
Thereafter, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, administered the first jab of the vaccine on the Governor and was followed by the Deputy Governor and other members of the cabinent too turns to get theirs.
Those vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus include the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi; Chief of Staff to the governor, Salisu Shuaib; Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Mr Dapo Okubadejo.
Also vaccinated are commissioners for Budget and Planning, Olaolu Olabimtan and Information and Strategy, Waheed Odusile as well as other key functionaries.
The Governor after being administered with his first dose of the vaccine appreciated President Muhammad Buhari for providing the leadership that has enabled the country to receive almost four million vaccines, saying that the leadership being provided by the President in the last 13 months is worthy of emulation.
He said, “We’ve all taken this vaccines, so as to dispel misinformation. There should be no reluctance on the part of all of us to take this vaccine.
“We also believe that this further underscores that we believe in this vaccine and it is important as we have been advised by specialists worldwide that the vaccine is safe; the vaccines have been shown to reduce the severity of this disease.”
Speaking after taking his jab, former governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba said he took it upon himself to come for the vaccination to encourage others not to hesitate to take the vaccine.
“There is absolutely no risk or danger in taking the COVID-19 vaccine. I recommend the vaccine to everyone in the state. If I have taken the vaccine at the age of 82, there is no need for anyone to fear. I am confident the vaccine wouldn’t harm anyone”, he assured.
Chief Osoba while congratulating the governor and the state government for being the first state to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, said that he was at the Governor’s office to show example and leadership.