Professor Wole Soyinka receives COVID-19 vaccine, photos drop

Professor Wole Soyinka receives COVID-19 vaccine, photos drop

- Professor Wole Soyinka has joined the long line of prominent Nigerians to be vaccinated against the coronavirus pandemic

- Soyinka, several politicians and stakeholders received their Astrazeneca COVID-19 shot on Friday, March 12

- The federal government has assured citizens that the vaccine is safe to use

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has received his first COVID-19 jab as more prominent Nigerians take the bold step to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) tweeted pictures of the professor taking his shot and displaying his COVID-19 certificate.

Wole Soyinka joins a long line of VIPs who have received their AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots which arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2.

Soyinka got his jab the same day as another eminent Nigerian, former military ruler, Abdusalami Abubakar.

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Wole Soyinka receives COVID-19 vaccine
Professor Wole Soyinka pictured receiving his first COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, March 12. Photo credit: @NphcdaNG
Source: Twitter reported that Abdulsalami received his first jab alongside his wife Justice Fati Abubakar at their hilltop residence in Minna, the Niger state capital on Friday, March 12.

In the pictures released of the event, Abubakar could be seen receiving his jab before filling his details in the COVID-19 certificate which he then displays for the cameras. also compiled the names of some of the state governors that have taken the vaccine including Lagos state's Sanwo-Olu who got his on Friday.

Meanwhile, the federal government has given assurances that the brand of the vaccine in Nigeria is safe for use following reported cases of possible side effects of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in many countries.

The government on Thursday, March 11, said that the country is yet to observe any similar adverse reactions to the vaccine following the vaccination exercise that kicked-off earlier this month.

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Akinyemi Akinrujomu is a professionally trained journalist with over 16 years of experience. His knowledge spans print, broadcast, and online media. He has worked in several top media organizations in Nigeria. He has also pioneered several print media publications. He is a graduate of History and International Studies from the Lagos State University and he also holds a professional National Diploma in Journalism. He loves reading, travelling and listening to music


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