Commissioner for Health, Cross River State, Dr Betta Edu, has said that the state Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, had yet to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine because frontline health workers, according to guidelines, were supposed to be the first set of people to take it, and he was away in Abuja.
As has been the practice since the vaccines were introduced to the country, governors and their deputies had been among the first set of people to receive the vaccines, but that has not been the case in Cross River.
According to her, “At the national level, when the vaccine came into Nigeria, it was not the president that took first. It was not the vice president. It was health workers at the National Hospital and the nurse from the isolation centre. These were the first set of people that took.
“It was some days after that the president and vice president had theirs.”
The state had received 53,840 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, March 10 and the following day, the vaccination flag off event took place at Dr Lawrence Henshaw Infectious Disease Hospital in Calabar with the vaccination of frontline workers.