Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed, his wife Aisha Bala Mohammed, deputy governor Baba Tela, top government officials and clergymen were Saturday vaccinated against COVID-19 pandemic.
They were vaccinated at government house during the first batch of the exercise.
150, 000 doses of vaccine were allocated to the state.
Speaking shortly after being vaccinated, governor Bala expressed optimism that the vaccine would contribute positively towards controlling the scourge of the deadly virus.
The governor who expressed satisfaction with the participation of islamic clerics and pastors in the flag off ceremony, enjoined them to sensitise their followers on the need to embrace the exercise.
He described the allocation of 150, 000 doses of the vaccine to the state as inadequate and pleaded with the federal government to purchase the required doses of COVID-19 vaccine in order to serve all Nigerians.
“I am highly delighted to witness today’s moment which is a climax for the fight against scourge of COVID-19. You know incidentally I was the index case with my brother the deputy governor and some of my close associates and today we are here again after the global body developed a vaccine to tackle the scourge of COVID-19.
“We came here as leaders to be administered with this vaccine to show that the vaccine is safe and I want to tell our people that they should continue wearing of face masks even after receiving the vaccine to ensure total eradication of the virus,” he said.
Governor Bala while thanking development partners and International community especially the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other stakeholders who donated the vaccine to Nigeria, called for more collaboration and support for controlling of communicable diseases in the country.