Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and members of the state’s Executive Council have all received the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
The Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Patience Elumeze and some health workers were vaccinated at the Executive Council Chamber, Government House, Asaba.
Okowa, who spoke after taken the vaccine, said that the vaccine was approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), encouraged the people to take it.
He assured the people of the safety of the vaccine, adding that more doses would be delivered to the state in April and more in the months to come.
Okowa said that the more people were vaccinated, the more the immune system of the people would be boosted.
He said that the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic had been very disastrous to the health and economy of the nation.
Okowa, however, expressed happiness on the arrival of the vaccine.
“I am glad that we have finally commenced the vaccination of our people with vaccine approved by WHO and NAFDAC and I want to encourage our people to take it because the vaccine is safe.
“Personally as governor of Delta, I have received my own shot as well as my dear wife, the honourable Speaker of the state House of Assembly and members of the state Executive Council.
“Yesterday night I was in a virtual meeting with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Director General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and we discussed at length issues surrounding the vaccine.
“And I can assure you that measures have been put in place to address these concerns.
“We want to reassure our people that the vaccine is safe and that they should ignore the various social media reports.
“There is no doubt that in every drug and vaccine it is possible to have side effects; it is something that is common, but particularly about this Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, it has been approved by WHO and NAFDAC.
“It has been applied in so many countries with over 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca administered worldwide.
“This particular vaccine was found to be much better for us as a nation because of the storage possibilities in Nigeria and I am aware we have such cold-chain facilities across the nation.
“It’s important that we encourage our people to take it because it’s safe,” Okowa said.