- The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has received a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine
- Lawan was vaccinated against the virus on Tuesday, March 16
- President Buhari and other principal political leaders across the country have all taken the vaccine to assure Nigerians of its safety
The president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has joined the list of Nigerians who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Ahmad who doubles as the chairman of the ninth National Assembly received his first jab of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 16.
This was disclosed by the Senate president's special assistant on new media, Abu Sidiq, who shared the photos of his principal as he got the vaccine jab.
He received the jab during the launching ceremony of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise on Friday, March 5.
In a related development, the federal government has said it will continue to administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine amid the reported cases of possible side effects.
This was made known by Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, national incident manager of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.
According to Dr Mohammed, documentation has so far shown that AstraZeneca's jab is safe to use.
The PTF national incident manager's comment is coming on the heels of the suspension of the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine by some European countries after the reports of blood clots in some people who received the vaccine.
At least 16 countries have suspended the use of the vaccine following the development.
The health authorities in various countries noted that the suspension is pending investigations to determine whether there is a link between the vaccine and blood clots.
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