Governor, Yahaya Bello, has finally agreed to let Kogi residents take the COVID-19 jab after repeated pushbacks.
The Kogi State Government, on Monday, took delivery of 16,900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as vaccination commenced in the state on Tuesday.
The governor, had in January, warned Nigerians against taking the COVID-19 vaccines, despite having no background as a scientist and lacking any knowledge about vaccine engineering.
They want to use the vaccine to introduce a disease that will kill you and us, God forbid.
He also expressed doubts about the speed with which scientists came up with the COVID-19 vaccine when other deadly diseases have been around for decades without a cure.
The governor added:
Vaccines are being produced in less than one year of COVID-19. No vaccines for HIV, Malaria for cancer for headache and for several other diseases that are killing us.
Bello also invoked an incident from the 1990s in which American pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, faced federal charges for allegedly deploying an untested polio vaccine in Kano.
We should draw our mind back to what happened in Kano, Pfizer vaccine, a polio vaccine that crippled and killed our children, we have learnt our lessons.
Despite Kogi governor’s outbursts and grandstanding, his appointed health officials have taken the COVID-19 jab.
The Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), Abubakar Yakubu, led a team of officials from the agency and the Kogi Ministry of Health to receive the vaccines at the Central Medical Store, Lokoja.
Yakubu told journalists that the most-awaited COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the state from Abuja at 7:40 p.m.
The first line of recipients of the vaccines are the health workers… The vaccine administration will be followed by the first line workers like the police, military, NSCDC, Customs officials, among others.
According to Yakubu, Kogi initially expected 45,000 doses of the vaccine from the NPHCDA, which accounted for one per cent of the state’s total population.
However, to our surprise, we are being supplied with 16,900 doses now. I think there will be further reconciliation to send the balance of the doses as soon as possible.