13 April 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care Board says 40,000 residents have so far received the first jab against COVID 19 since the commencement of the exercise in the territory.
Acting Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot made this known while monitoring the vaccination of some lawmakers and political stalwarts in Abuja.
Dr Iwot who 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 can handle any reaction that may arise.
According to him:”two of the five cases making the rounds, 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 witnessed the vaccination of the lawmakers, commended them for publicly taking their jab.
This he said would go a long way to build public confidence on the safety of the vaccine
He gave the indication that the FCTA may temporarily stop administration of the vaccine, towards making it 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 the FCT Administration for spearheading the fight against COVID19.
Aduda added that he organized for the lawmakers to take the jab in public 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.”