Catholic Bishop of Lokoja Takes First Jab, Urge Residents to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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Bishop Martin Olorunmolu of the Catholic Diocese of Lokoja, on Monday, has declared that the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe.

Bishop Olorunmonu made this known when he received the first jab of AstraZeneca vaccine at the premises of Federal University of Lokoja, Adankolo Campus, on Monday.

He dismissed skepticism toward COVID-19 vaccines and urged the people of the state to ignore conspiracy theories.

The clergy appealed to residents to take the vaccines to save lives and prevent exposing others to risk.

“The vaccines are safe. People should not entertain fears of side effects as alleged by conspiracy theorists. The vaccine offers hope for a safe society free of coronavirus.

“We thank God for His grace that has protected us all thus far, however, we should not take the grace for granted.

“We are appealing to everyone, every Catholic and every Christian to go and take this vaccine,” he said.

Bishop Olorunmonu is scheduled to take the second jab on November 2.

Speaking after Bishop Olurunmonu had been vaccinated, the Coordinator of Justice Development And Peace Commission, Catholic Diocese of Lokoja, Fr. Augustine Okafor, assured the people of the vaccine’s safety.

“We have not heard any severe adverse effect from the thousands of residents of Kogi State who have been vaccinated.

“By vaccinating His Lordship, other people will see the need to get vaccinated and prevent this pandemic from spreading, as well as protect lives,” he said.

The Kogi State Government took delivery of about 16, 900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the Executive Director, Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), Dr Abubakar Yakubu, taking the lead by getting vaccinated on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Bishop Olorunmonu receiving the first jab of AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday.

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