Gombe gov receives second jab of COVID-19 vaccine

Gombe gov receives second jab
Governor Inuwa Yahaya displaying his green card after taking the second jab of the COVID-19 vaccination

In a demonstration of good, effective leadership and keeping with the COVID-19 vaccination protocol, Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received his second jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The governor received the second jab of the vaccination, on Tuesday, at his official residence in the Government House to flag off the commencement of the second phase of the exercise in the state.

Inuwa Yahaya was inoculated by his personal Physician, Dr Bello Abdulkadir in the presence of the State Deputy Governor, Dr Manasah Daniel Jatau, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Abubakar Inuwa Kari and other top government functionaries who also received the dose.

While briefing Journalists shortly after the administration of the vaccine on the governor, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Habu Dahiru said that the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine administered on the governor was coming after the first jab was inoculated on him and subsequently the people of the state on the 17th of March 2021.

The commissioner also explained that the Ministry of Health has established 78 vaccination centres across the state so that people can easily access such points.

He said so far 47, 000 persons across the state have been vaccinated with total coverage of 103 per cent, describing the feat as encouraging.

Habu Dahiru said that “Today being the 1st of June, 2021, His Excellency, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was again the first to take his second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Gombe State, signalling the commencement of the second round of the vaccination exercise.”

The commissioner said that like it was in the past, vaccination points are still handy across the State for only those who have taken the first jab to complete their doses for a full immune system strengthening.

He also said that the second phase of the vaccination exercise which is strictly for those who have received the first dose was so arranged to guard against any shortage of the vaccines, stating further that the exercise will still continue to 2022 until everyone is vaccinated against the Coronavirus.

He reminded those eligible for the second jab to come along with their vaccination card so that their details can be captured appropriately.

Recall that while flagging off the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in March this year, Inuwa Yahaya had vouched for the safety and efficacy of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

The governor said that, “My decision, and that of other senior government officials to take the vaccine in this phase is to demonstrate confidence in the safety and efficacy of the vaccination programme.”

He assured that his administration will continue to accord great priority to the health of its citizens, saying as the governor of the state he has the responsibility to ensure that the health and wellbeing of the people in the state are given the needed attention.

“Gombe State is among the best states across the country that worked tirelessly to curb the spread of COVID-19 among its people. My government has established six isolation centres and built a standard molecular diagnostic laboratory in the fight against COVID-19, the rapid response team have also been supported with logistics to conduct their activities across the state,” Governor Yahaya had said.

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