COVID-19 Vaccine: Makinde Takes Jab As Oyo Begins Rollout


Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, on Wednesday, took his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Oyo got 127,740 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 11.

The government , however, said it conducted sterility test on its doses “to determine if the vaccines don’t even have other secondary sort of infective substance”, hence the delay in administration.

Speaking after getting his shot, Makinde said it doesn’t matter that the state started late.

He added that the amount of doses administered in Oyo would soon surpass that of states which began earlier.

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The governor assured the folks that the vaccine is safe while encouraging them to require the shots.

“When i used to be reading the newspaper this morning, I saw Oyo state, and that they said we’ve not given one shot of the vaccine. They recorded zero for Oyo state. Well, now we a minimum of have one,” Makinde said.

“And for the states that have taken thousands, we always say that ‘no be the person wey first call police na him dey always win case’. they will be ahead but we’ll surely overtake them very soon.

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“I have very low tolerance for physical pain, but when duty calls you’ve got to try to to what you’ve got to try to to i’m getting vaccinated today as a show of leadership and to let the people know that they need to be protected.

“I ordered for sterility tests because once I asked questions on the origin of the vaccine, i used to be informed that the batch that came to the country came from India.

“It isn’t that I don’t like India or I don’t believe their products, but i used to be worried about the storage and that i wanted to validate that the vaccines that we’ll give to the people of Oyo state are correctly handled.

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“The tests were administered at our two laboratories — the virology and bio-repository laboratories. They both came with an equivalent results that the vaccine is sweet and safe for the consumption of individuals of Oyo state.

“After the result of the tests, it didn’t take me 24 hours to comply with roll out the vaccines within the state.”


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