By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, and his wife Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola on Wednesday received AstraZeneca vaccine in Osgobo, the state capital.
The State Government also commenced the vaccination of its frontline health workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State Governor had on Tuesday night received 64,240 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
Speaking during the vaccination of health workers, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, explained that, vaccinating the frontline workers first was in accordance with the laid down guidelines of the Federal Government for the exercise.
His words: “This is the first phase of the exercise. We want to administer vaccines to our frontline health workers first. They are the ones at the battlefront and it is only ideal that their vaccination be given priority.
“This would be followed by the elderly, people with underlying ailments and others.
“So, the people of Osun should rest assured that they will be duly vaccinated. We want our people to make themselves available for the vaccination when they are called upon.
“It is desirable to have the vaccine, and the government indeed wants its citizens to be vaccinated, but our people should continue to adhere to safety protocols because being vaccinated does not mean that a person cannot test positive for Covid-19 again.
“We want our people to continue to mask up, wash their hands frequently and continue to maintain social distancing. For as long as we still have Covid-19 around us, we must continue to observe these guidelines”, Isamotu said.
The first person to be vaccinated among the health workers in the State was Dr Ajibola Olagunoye: Consultant, Public Health Physician and the Head of Case Management. He was followed by the Matron in charge of the Intensive Care Unit, and Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Mrs Akanbi Oluwakemi.