After receiving the allocated doses for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for Plateau state on Monday, Governor Simon Lalong, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, the Governor’s wife, Regina Lalong and other government officials took their jabs.
Shortly after receiving the vaccine, Governor Lalong said that, “today marks another important milestone in our fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic which has negatively impacted our lives in many ways.”
“The commencement of the administration of the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine today is clear progress in tackling the disease in Plateau State”, he said.
Mr Lalong further stated that he took the vaccine not only because he is the governor but also his way of reassuring the citizens on the safety of the vaccine as opposed to the conspiracy theories.
He further reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to fighting the virus. “We have to work hard on the issue of sensitization and awareness among our people to ensure that the rumors and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories do not gain ground.” he said.
The AstraZeneca vaccine had been approved by the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization based on global clinical trials involving 23,000 participants. In addition, Nigerian regulators such as NAFDAC evaluated the vaccines upon arrival in the country. All of these evaluations have concluded that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.