Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, on Thursday, received his first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The governor, who was vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr Mike Enyinnaya, at the Government House, Umuahia, encouraged residents to avail themselves of the opportunity and be vaccinated.
He said, “The deployment of the vaccine as a device to fight COVID-19 is a global decision endorsed by the World Health Organisation and captured by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Everybody must key into the agenda.”
The Director, Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Mrs Meg Onwu, said the state received 61,320 doses.
Similarly, the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi; his deputy, Kelechi Igwe; their spouses and members of the state Executive Council, as well as local government chairmen, on Thursday received the COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Umahi and his deputy were vaccinated by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike, at the Governor’s Office in Abakaliki.
In the same vein, the Kano State Governor, Dr AbdullahiGanduje, was vaccinated at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, Kano.
Ganduje said the campaign marked the beginning of the end ofCOVID-19 pandemic in Kano and beyond.
A female health worker from the Muhammad Buhari Isolation Centre Kano, Marakisya Madaki, was recorded as the first woman to be vaccinated in Kano State.
Also in Anambra State, the Speaker of state House of Assembly, Uche Okafor, some commissioners and traditional rulers took the vaccine under the supervision of Governor Willie Obiano.
Obiano said, “We have received the first consignment of the COVID-19 vaccines. We received about 78,000 doses and we are going to receive the second one soon.”
Similarly, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, on Thursday, called on Adamawa citizens to avail themselves for the COVID-19 vaccine, saying it was safe and the only remedy to fight the pandemic
The governor spoke shortly after being vaccinated at the state specialist hospital, where he also said the state had received 59,000doses of the vaccine.
Likewise, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State; his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, along with commissioners and some frontline health workers on Thursday received their doses.
Masari was attended to his personal physician, Dr. Nafi’uSabi’u.
More state receive doses
Meanwhile, more states have received the COVID-19 vaccine doses.
In Delta State, the Commissioner for Health, Dr MordiOnonye, said on Thursday that the first state received 85,700 vaccine doses, which he said would not be enough.
He added, “Delta State will inaugurate the vaccination tomorrow (Friday). Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his executive council members will be the first to take the vaccine.”
Also, the Edo State Government has taken delivery of 81,080doses of its vaccines doses from the Federal Government.
It added that the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, would on Monday take the vaccine to inaugurate the state’s vaccination programme.
The Health Educator, Edo State Primary Healthcare Development Board, Mrs Irene Uabor, said the state received 81,080 doses.
Likewise, the Imo State Government said it had received80,720 doses of the vaccine.
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