The government of the state of Oyo said it had postponed the introduction of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine into the federal state due to reports from various countries about the vaccine.
The government said this in response to question a Twitter a user, @idowudotun, wondered why the state had yet to start vaccination even after many of its citizens had completed registration to become eligible for state vaccination.
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Recall that some countries in the European Union have discontinued the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of blood clot symptoms that some people had after removing the sting of the brand.
However, the World Health Organization is convinced of the safety of the vaccine brand, adding that it is far more risky not to get shot.
The Nigerian authorities have also ensured the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it received through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
Despite beliefs about the vaccine, the Oyo state government said it must continue to delay the presentation, adding that it must also be supplied with drugs to treat side effects reportedly related to the vaccine.
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In response to @idowudotun, the government said, “Hello, due to reports of vaccines from different countries, the Oyo state government has decided to delay vaccination and test vaccine samples, and at the same time stockpiles of drugs to treat reported side effects. Vaccination will begin today. ”
State Governor Seyi Makinde, who today revoked the practice of vaccination, has vowed that the state will catch up with its counterparts in vaccination.
He said, “When I read the newspaper this morning, I saw that they said that the state of Oyo had not given a single injection of the vaccine. So they recorded zero for the state of Oyo. ”
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The governor who was vaccinated first today said, “At least we have him now.”
He continued, “And for states that have taken their thousands, we always say that no one should be the man we call the police first, and that he wins the case (pidgin).
“They may be ahead, but we will surely overtake them very soon.”
Giving reasons for the delay in introduction, Makinde said, “I wanted to confirm that the vaccine we will give to the people of Oyo State has been treated properly.
“We eavesdropped on our labs here and they all came up with the same result that the vaccine is good and correct for consumption by the population of Oyo State.
“It didn’t take me 24 hours after that to accept and agree to come to this exercise.”