Atedo Peterside tests positive for COVID-19 after vaccination

Atedo Peterside

Founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Atedo Peterside on Tuesday announced he tested positive for COVID-19.

Mr Peterside said the result came out positive despite being double-vaccinated and receiving a booster dose, although he is asymptomatic.

“I had taken two doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine in early March and late May 2021 and I also took the Pfizer booster shot last week in Victoria Island and yet COVID still knocked on my door,” he said in a statement.

Peterside revealed he contracted the virus following an outbreak of COVID-19 in his house last weekend.

The chairman of Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank said the positive test result vindicated his decision to cancel physical events he was billed to participate in, including one at the Presidency, so he could self-isolate.

“Then I got a phone call inviting me to go to Aso Rock on Wednesday to attend the launching of the new National Development Plan 2021-25 by Mr President, in my capacity as Co-Chairman (Private Sector) of the National Steering Committee that was set up to produce the Plan.

“Indeed, my Co-Chairman (Public Sector) called me also i.e. the Finance Minister.

“I told her that I felt fine and had no symptoms, but that the correct thing to do (as per NCDC protocols) was that I must continue to self-isolate,” he said.

Peterside further said he chose to tell the story of how he cancelled physical meetings on suspicion of being exposed to COVID-19 so others can learn from it.

“If I did not steadfastly cancel all engagements since Friday morning, only God knows how I might have contributed to the spread of COVID in Nigeria simply by being irresponsible and disobedient.

“I still do not have any COVID symptoms, but in a sense my positive test result was both a relief and a lesson,” he added.