Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has assured residents of the security and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine delivered to the state by the Federal Authorities.
Umahi gave the reassurance on Thursday, after receiving a jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, alongside along with his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, NAN experiences.
He suggested the folks to be brave to take the vaccine, however the unfavorable tales surrounding it, particularly within the social media.
He mentioned: “I’ve been vaccinated and you may see that I’m nonetheless standing and even stronger.
“It’s, nonetheless, not obligatory for folks to be vaccinated however they need to compulsorily observe the COVID-19 protocols, particularly the usage of face masks.”
He counseled President Muhammadu Buhari for displaying exemplary management by guaranteeing the procurement of the vaccines and being the primary to be vaccinated.
“We might monitor the vaccination course of to stop lapses, which might undermine the specified goal.
“The vaccination course of, if not correctly monitored, would create a scenario the place folks could be requested to pay earlier than being vaccinated and likewise result in the inflow of faux vaccines.
“The state COVID-19 committee would supervise the train and the deputy governor, along with the commissioner for well being, would signal all vaccination kinds,” he mentioned.
Umahi mentioned the state acquired 46,090 doses and that 13,000 dosages of the vaccine can be allotted to the aged, who’re above 60 years.
“We recorded 49 unfavorable circumstances of the 50 exams performed lately however wouldn’t relent in efforts being made to test the virus,” he mentioned.