40,000 Abuja residents have so far received COVID-19 vaccine jabs ― FCTA
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Monday, said about 40,000 residents have so far received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine jabs since the rollout of the exercise in March.
Acting Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Nda-Eyo Iwot, who disclosed this while monitoring the vaccination of FCT lawmakers, said the figure is part of the one million doses so far administered nationwide.
While commending the lawmakers for publicly taking the vaccine, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Adesola Olusade said the move will not only validate the efficacy and safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine but also boost public confidence on the exercise.
The permanent secretary said the government would not make it compulsory for Nigerians to take the jab.
Speaking to newsmen after taking his jab, Senator Phillip Aduda commended the efforts of the FCT Administration to curbing the spread of the pandemic.
“Decline in a number of positive cases is an indication that the FCT administration is getting it right,” He added.
Senator Aduda, who led other FCT lawmakers, Hononurables Micha Jiba and Hassan Usman Sokodabo to get their jabs, said doing this would convince their supporters that the vaccine is safe.
“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,” he stated.
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