Of the 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine received by the Federal Government, a total of 50,000 has been delivered to Ogun state.
The governor, who received the vaccines at the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, after the arrival of the state team led by Commissioner of Health, Dr Tomi Coker said another batch of 50,000 doses is expected at the beginning of the next week.
The governor, Dapo Abiodun, said he and his Deputy, Engineer Noimot Salako-Oyedele, would lead the vaccination alongside other frontline workers.
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.”
Recall that Nigeria’s index case for COVID-19 came through Ogun, after an Italian national arrived on 27 February 2020.