By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Wednesday took the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine at the Government House, Osogbo.
The vaccine was administered on the Governor by the Chief Medical Director, Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Prof. Peter Olaitan.
The vaccine was also administered on the Wife of the Governor, Kafayat, and the Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi, and some senior officials of the government.
Speaking at the event, Oyetola said the decision to be part of the first set of citizens to take the vaccine was to build confidence in the public, particularly citizens and residents of the State, that the vaccine is safe.
The Governor noted that the move was also aimed to demonstrate leadership after some of the frontline medical personnel had been vaccinated accordingly.
“As a State, we recorded our first Covid-19 case in March last year, March 25h, to be precise. At first we were frightened. We were frightened not because we have no competent hands in our health sector to manage the situation, but largely because of the challenge of paucity of funds.
“Today, I am happy to report that we have given the fight a good shot, notwithstanding the obvious challenges. On this note, I want to single out our health workers for their untiring efforts at containing the spread of the virus. We will not relent until we defeat the virus in our State.
“Like I promised yesterday, I have just received my first jab of the vaccine as a demonstration of leadership after some of our frontline medical personnel had been vaccinated in line with the protocol and schedule by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency. With this, we are beginning to see the end of Covid-19. I encourage Osun citizens and residents to register and present themselves for vaccination”, he said.
The Governor who urged the residents to make themselves available and get vaccinated warned that the move was necessary as part of efforts to permanently eliminate the virus.
He assured that the administration would do everything possible to treasure the vaccine and ensure its judicious use.
He urged them to always adhere strictly to safety protocols and guidelines as the second wave of the virus is still tormenting the entire world.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Pharm. Siji Olamijulo, urged residents not to panic or express uncertainty on the administration of the vaccine adding that the vaccine is like other vaccines as it has no adverse health effect.