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Ogun becomes first Nigeria state to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Ogun Governor Dapo Abiodun has taken delivery of 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine consignment donated by the Federal Government.

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

The Governor disclosed to reporters that Ogun is the first state to receive the vaccines.

He said 50,000 doses were the first batch of 100,000 expected stressing the remaining batch was expected between Monday night and Tuesday.

According to him, he and the Deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele would take the lead in taking the jabs for the vaccine at a later date to be arranged by the state medical team.

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

“We will commence the vaccinations 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 exist 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,” Abiodun said.

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