The Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care Board says 40,000 residents have so far been vaccinated against COVID 19 since the commencement of the vaccine administration in the territory.
Acting Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot made this known while monitoring the vaccination of some FCT lawmakers and political stalwarts in Abuja.
He explained that the 40,000 persons were those that had so far taken their first jab.
Dr Iwot who further assured residents of the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, urged them to disregard all forms of fake news on social media; adding that the Board has what it takes to handle any reaction the individuals may experience.
According to him:”two of the five cases making around, were not directly linked to the COVID 19 vaccine.
The Permanent Secretary of the FCT, Mr. Adesola Olusade who was part of the FCTA dignitaries that went to witness the lawmakers vaccination, commended them for publicly taking their jab.
This he said would go a long way to build the public confidence on the safety of the vaccine; even as he gave the indication that FCTA may temporary stop the administration of the vaccine by next week, towards making the vaccine available for those that will soon be due for second jab.
According to Mr Olusola, “government will not make it compulsory for Nigerians to take the jab…but certain situations may necessitate that”.
Speaking to journalists after taking the jab, Senator Phillip Aduda who acknowledged a sharp decline in the number of positive cases being recorded in the last few days, commended FCT Administration for spearheading the fight against COVID-19.
Aduda added that he organized to take the jab in a public glare to further boost the confidence of Jabi community members and suppoters at the grassroots.
“We members of the National Assembly, our families and domestic staff are here to be vaccinated. As a leader, I should be able to convince the people that this is safe.”
Highpoint of the event was the vaccination of Senator Philip Aduda, FCT lawmakers, Micha Jiba and Hassan Usman Sokodabo , Aduda’s supporters and some Jabi community dwellers.