By Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin
Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq yesterday took a jab of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, calling its discovery a watershed in the global campaign against the deadly virus.
The governor had the vaccine administered on him by the cChairman of the Kwara State Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Femi Oladiji.
AbdulRazaq had earlier flagged off the vaccination exercise in Ilorin, the state capital, with frontline health workers first receiving their own jabs in compliance with the directive of the federal government.
“Earlier this week, we received our consignment of the COVID-19 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The consignment contains exactly 55,790 doses and devices. That is our share of the first batch of the vaccine. Today’s flag off of the vaccination in Kwara State clearly represents an important phase in our management of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
“The vaccine comes well recommended by various medical regulatory bodies in Nigeria and beyond. The decision for leaders to take the first jabs is to build public confidence in the vaccine and erase whatever doubts members of the public may have about it. COVID-19 is real. We are glad to be getting over it with the development of this vaccine.”
He urged members of the public to take the vaccine which is meant to build herd immunity against the virus.
The kick-off of the vaccination was attended by top government functionaries and dignitaries, including Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; House of Assembly Speaker Rt. Hon. Yakubu Danladi; House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Health AbdulRazaq Owolabi; and Emir of Shonga Dr Haliru Yahya.
The governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his leadership and the entire team that played active roles on the battle against this pandemic in the country.