The Oyo State Government says 90,000 people have so far received Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the state.
This was revealed during a sensitization programme on COVID-19 vaccine safety for religious leaders organised by the Inter-faith Dialogue Forum for Peace in conjunction with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA) at the University of Ibadan on Wednesday.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan warned Nigerians against re-infection.
He urged all and sundry to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines in order to prevent possible re-infection and adverse effect of the virus.
The deputy governor referred to cases where vaccinated individuals were re-infected, charging residents to adhere to the protocols as the vaccine does not provide full protection from the scourge.
“The emergence of COVID-19 has brought a stronger unity between the two faiths of Christianity and Islam, as both religions form a united front to fight a common enemy,” he said.
He enjoined both sides of the divide to further strengthen the fragile religious unity and tolerance, calling for a strong, virile and peaceful coexistence.
Speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Muyideen Olatunji, allayed the fears surrounding the vaccine and laid to rest conspiracy theories rising from posts making the round on social media about the vaccine.
He assured residents of the vaccine’s safety, adding that the state ran a forensic study, sterility test and got good results before it started administering the vaccine on its people.