Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, on Monday, narrated his experience with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, saying, it is safe.
Sanwo-Olu, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine alongside his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi; health practitioners, frontline workers and journalists, among others last Friday at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) Yaba, said he felt no symptom after taking the vaccine, contrary to widespread speculation that the vaccine comes with side effects.
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Speaking to journalists at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Monday, Governor Sanwo-Olu allayed the fears of Lagosians, saying there was nothing to worry about the vaccine while he encouraged them, especially those on the frontline to come forward and get vaccinated.
He said: “It has been three days since I was vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and the deputy governor too has had his own shot.
“I can confirm to you that I felt no after effect at all.
“I didn’t have any headache, malaria or any symptom whatsoever.
“It was well-received. Like I mentioned on Friday, I think all of the speculations that is going around is really unfounded.
“I have taken the vaccine and we have seen that Lagos has continued to vaccinate the frontline health workers.
“The vaccine we have, AstraZeneca, is safe and is of no negative consequence. So, there is nothing for us to get worried about.”
Also speaking to journalists to corroborate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s position on the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Deputy Governor said he felt no symptom after receiving the shot last Friday.
The first jab of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Lagos State last week.
Commissioner for health, Professor Abayomi kicked off the vaccine rollout programme after he got the first jab of the serum supplied by the Federal Government.