By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Wednesday hinted that no fewer than 90,000 people have so far received Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the state.
The Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Muyideen Olatunji dropped this hint in Ibadan while speaking 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
Dr Olatunji stated that Oyo state ran a forensic study, sterility test and got good results before it started administering the vaccine on its people.
According to the Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, after the test, it was Governor Seyi Makinde that received the first dose of the vaccine.
Dr. Olatunji while assuring the people of the vaccine’s safety, allayed the fears surrounding the conspiracy theories rising from posts making the round on social media about the vaccines.
Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan while speaking warned 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.
Engineer Olaniyan while referring to cases where vaccinated individuals were re-infected, charging all 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
He then enjoined both sides of the divide to further strengthen the fragile religious unity and tolerance, calling for a strong, virile and peaceful coexistence.