Ogun State has become the first state in the country to take delivery of its doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A total of 100,000 doses of the 3.94 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was delivered to the state, Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State, confirmed in a Twitter post on Monday.
Taking delivery of AstraZeneca #COVID19 Vaccines in my office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
— Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR (@dabiodunMFR) March 8, 2021
Speaking after the delivery of the vaccine at Government House, Abeokuta, the state capital, Governor Abiodun 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.
According to him, the state received an initial batch of 50,000 doses of the vaccine, noting that the remaining 50,000 doses is expected to be delivered to the state by Tuesday.
The governor, however, warned against snubbing of safety protocols, saying vaccines would only reduce the severity of the virus.
He 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.”
Nigeria’s index case for COVID-19 came through Ogun State after an Italian national arrived on 27 February 2020.
The delivery of the jabs to Ogun State follows the arrival of 3.94 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine sent to the country by COVAX, an initiative set up by the United Nations and development partners to enable low and middle-income countries to have access to the vaccines.
A medical doctor, Cyprian Ngong, made history as the first person to receive the vaccine in Nigeria last Friday, alongside three frontline healthcare workers.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were administered with the COVID-19 vaccine at the State House the following day.