By Amaka Ogwa, Abakaliki
THE Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, alongside his deputy Eric Kelechi Igwe, received his first shot of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after the state took delivery of 46,090 doses of the vaccine from Abuja.
Umahi, in his office in Centenary City, Abakaliki, on Thursday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for leading by example as he, with top Federal Government officials, took the vaccine.
He said that by governors took their cue, “what we are doing is to inculcate confidence in our citizens, considering the level of fake news surrounding this vaccination.”
Umahi’s wife, Rachel and the wife of his deputy, Mrs Ethel Igwe, and other top government officials were also vaccinated.
The governor praised the presidential taskforce on COVID-19, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, for the work they were doing.
Umahi acknowledged that the 46,090 doses of vaccines for Ebonyi, “means we are expected to vaccinate 46,090 people.”
He claimed that from regular Covid-19 tests conducted “in the past one week, we have been getting like 49 negatives and one positive.
“We are not going to soft-pedal until everyone is safe from this pandemic.
“But let me say that this vaccination is not compulsory, but what is compulsory is that you must observe the COVID-19 protocols.”