Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa has reassured Nigerians of the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine and all other vaccines used in the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Okowa spoke with reporters on Tuesday after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.
Okowa, who chairs the sub-committee of the National Economic Council interfacing with the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, said the vaccines have proven safe, adding that the adverse effect following vaccination has been very minimal.
There’s been no reported death following vaccination, and we have all taken it; our first and second doses and we are well,” Okowa said.
According to Governor Okowa, the distribution of the vaccine in Nigeria has worked well with about 3.9million doses, out 4million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine received by Nigeria, given to people.
He said in Delta State about 95,000 doses have been fully administered on people both in the first and the second doses.
“Actually, in the country, they have done well but there is no doubt that as we entered into the second doses, as a result of the anti vaccine campaign, the kind of messages they pass out, a lot of people started having some level of hesitancy.
“But of all of the doses we have in state were taken up, and across, the nation, as of the last meeting we had last week Thursday—I chaired the NEC sub-committee interfacing with the Presidential Steering Committee—we didn’t really lose anything.
“One will stat few days for it to expire, we had only nine vials; so that means we are not going to lose anything.