The executive-secretary of the Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Muyideen Olatunji, on Wednesday disclosed that 90,000 people have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the state.
Dr Olatunji made this known in Ibadan at a sensitization programme on COVID-19 vaccine safety for religious leaders organised by the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace in conjunction with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency at the University of Ibadan.
Olatunji said that before the commencement of the COVID -19 vaccination exercise in Oyo state, the state government ran a forensic study, sterility test and got good results before it started administering the vaccine on its people.
He stressed that immediately after the test, the state government ensured that Governor Seyi Makinde was the first to receive the first dose of the vaccine.
Assuring the people of the state of the vaccine’s safety, Dr Olatunji allayed the fears surrounding the conspiracy theories rising from posts making the round on social media about the vaccines.
Speaking at the sensitisation Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engr Rauf Olaniyan cautioned Nigerians against possibility of reinfection by the COVID-19 pandemic, urging all to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines to prevent possible re-infection and adverse effect of the virus.
Referring to cases where vaccinated individuals were re-infected, the deputy governor charged all Nigerians to adhere to the protocols as the vaccine does not provide full protection from the scourge.
” The emergence of COVID-19 has brought a stronger unity between the two faiths of Christianity and Islam, as both religions form a united front to fight a common enemy” , he said