Nigerian governors dismiss claims of side effects, endorse sustained use of AstraZeneca vaccine

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Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has endorsed the sustained roll out of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine across the country.

The NGFinsisted on the safety of the vaccine, saying its use posed no side effects.

This claim contradicts claims by some Nigerians who reported some reactions (perhaps not describable as side effects) after taking the jab.

The claim also contradicted and, in fact, whittled down the import of yet to be confirmed reports that the vaccine led to blood clots in some persons who received the jab in a number of European countries.

The reports had led to the suspension of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in a vast majority of European countries, save particularly Britain.

Closer home, South Africa had recently suspended further use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on the reported claim of blood clot.

The suspension of the vaccine was an agenda item at the governors’ meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting was presided over by the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

The meeting received a brief on the status of the vaccine roll out from its COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group (CTAG) led by renowned virologist, Professor Oyewale Tomori.

In its briefing, CTAG recommended that Nigeria should continue to vaccinate all eligible persons with the AstraZeneca vaccine, in line with the latest recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The governors, in their response, reiterated their belief in the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine and agreed to continuously encourage uptake of the vaccines by all eligible persons in their states.

They, however, called on the people to report any adverse events noticed after taking the jabs.

Governor Fayemi congratulated his colleagues for accepting to be vaccinated and declared that so far, the vaccines had not shown any side effects as reported.

Fayemi also took the opportunity of the occasion ti call on his colleagues to step up their support for the Forum of Governors’ Wives, who he said was driving the campaign against gender-based violence in the country.

Another issue dismissed at the meeting was illicit drugs and related crimes.

The Forum pledged its support to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), saying it would provide logistics support, among others, to enable the agency deliver on its core mandate.

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