- ‘Vaccine offers hope for safer Nigeria’ – President
President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday both received the Covid-19 vaccination at the State House, in Abuja.
Buhari, together with Osinbajo, got the jab live on television, a day after the Covid-19 national vaccine programme commenced with the vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The two leaders received the first shots of the vaccine at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja in the presence of members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, senior government officials and journalists.
The Personal Physician to the President, Dr. Sanusi Rafindadi, administered the vaccine to him while that of the Vice President was done by his Personal Physician, Dr. Nicholas Audifferen.
Speaking after the vaccine was administered to him, President Buhari described his decision to take the vaccine in public as a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. “I have received my first jab and I wish to commend it to all eligible Nigerians, to do the same so that we can be protected from the virus”, he said.
He urged all State governments, traditional and religious leaders, to take the lead in the mobilisation effort within their environment and spheres of influence, saying, “The vaccine offers hope for a safe country, free of Coronavirus. “I similarly urge all eligible Nigerians to present themselves and be vaccinated in accordance with the order of priority already mapped out, at the various authorized designated centres ONLY”, he added.
The president, who is the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against Covid-19, also received his Covid-19 vaccination card. A similar card was presented to the vice-president by officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, who supervised the exercise.
Recall that Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday, delivered under the international Covax scheme.