Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday, has taken the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine jab.
The former governor disclosed this on his Twitter handle on Friday afternoon.
Fayose took the first dose vaccine in his hometown, Afao Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti State.
He advises the people of Ekiti State and Nigeria to take the vaccine whenever it is made generally available by the government.
He said “Today in Afao Ekiti, my hometown, I took my first dose of the Covid-19 Astro Zeneca vaccine.
“It is my plea to Ekiti people in particular and Nigerians in general to take the vaccine whenever it is made generally available by the govt.
“Health is wealth”, Fayose Tweeted.
Meanwhile, the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, and top members of his cabinets have also taken the AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccine jabs on Thursday.
Fayemi and his Deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi , were inoculated with the vaccines at the State Executive Council Chambers, new governor’s office, Ado Ekiti.
The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, the First Lady, Mrs Bisi Fayemi and others received theirs at a ceremony held at the State pavilion in Fajuyi area of Ado Ekiti.
Fayemi while speaking at the event said, a total of 50,000 persons, consisting of top government functionalities, frontline medical personnel and other public officers would be vaccinated in the first phase of the exercise .
The representative of the State Council of Traditional Rulers/ Attah of Aiyede-Ekiti, HRM Oba Abdulmumin Orisagbemi and some members of the public also received the vaccine at a brief ceremony, at the Fajuyi Pavillion, Ado-Ekiti.
The Permanent Secretary Hospital Management Board and Covid 19 Case Management Lead, Dr Williams Afolabi became the first Health Worker in Ekiti State to receive the vaccine.
Governor Fayemi at the short ceremony stated that his administration had put in place measures to ensure that residents have equitable access to the vaccine. He emphasised that all hands must be on deck to ensure all indigenes know that the vaccine is safe.
The Governor said Ekiti State was one of the very few states to strengthen the testing capacity by procuring a Molecular Laboratory in addition to mobilizing eminent citizens under the Rapid Response Mobilization Committee (RRMC) which raised about $3Million used to fund some critical infrastructure and social needs to support the fight against the pandemic.
He urged the citizens to disregard any unfounded theories about the efficacy and effects of the vaccines on them saying “we should not introduce unnecessary sentiments to the health and well-being of our people for whatever reasons.