16 March 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has commenced the administration of COVID 19 Vaccines on residents, beginning with Health Workers and Journalists with a call on residents to get themselves vaccinated towards having a COVID 19 free territory.
The Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu made the call at the flag off of the exercise at the Asokoro District Hospital ,Abuja.
Dr Aliyu who explained that over 154 persons died of COVID 19 in the Territory said the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello and herself, had taken their jabs on the 12th and 13th of this month.
Speaking on the safety of the vaccine, the Minister of State who had taken the vaccine earlier affirmed its safety.
She encouraged residents to disregard negative publicity making rounds about the vaccine, “the FCT Administration would not force anyone to take the Vaccine, neither would this present administration serve what is harmful to residents.”
She also stressed the importance of the COVID 19 Vaccination card, and warned against the implications of getting it through the back door.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, assured residents that FCTA has capable personnel to handle any reaction that may occur.
Secretary, FCT HHSS, Dr Mohammed Kawu said “a Vaccination pillar has been established in the EOC to drive Vaccination activities with a target to achieve health immunity and significantly contain the pandemic by at least 70%.
On his part, the Chief Of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa,who promised the readiness of other chiefs to sensitise their subjects, called on the FCTA to ensure that the vaccines were available.
In their various good will messages, representatives of NCDC, WHO, UNICEF, NAFDAC and the Guild of Medical Directors, unanimously asured that the vaccines were safe.
High point of the ceremony was the Vaccination of top FCT Government functionaries, frontline health workers, religious leaders, Former FCT Minister, Dr Aliyu Modibbo and some journalists in the FCT Minister’s office.