The Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele have received shots of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
This is coming hours after the governor promised to present himself and his deputy for the vaccine to assure citizens of its safety.
The State government had earlier on Monday announced the arrival of 50,000 doses of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The state was to receive another tranche of 50,000 later in the day.
Abidoun, his deputy alongside two frontline health workers received the vaccine four hours after its arrival in the state.
The governor and his deputy had their shots administered by the state commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker.
After receiving the vaccine at the governor’s office in Abeokuta, Abiodun said, “I have had my first dose of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine delivered yesterday in Abeokuta. My Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele and two frontline health workers were also administered theirs.
“It is first service to self then people, when we take the vaccine because we must silence the virus.”
Abiodun cautioned that taking the vaccine does not mean disregard for safety guidelines.
“Taking our doses is, first, service to self then to people, because we can only silence the virus if we think and act together. We should be aware that even our two doses don’t preclude the use of facemasks and compliance with other safety guidelines.
“I urge us all to make ourselves available to take our doses, especially those prioritised by the NPHCDA on basis of profession, age or other criteria,” he added.
Ogun State has recorded 4,457 cases, 4045 discharged, 365 on admission and 47 deaths to COVID-19.