- National Hospital doctor receives first jab
- Buhari, Osinbajo slated for Saturday
- As Governors, deputies set to be vaccinated March 10
By Ishaku Yohanna
History has been made as a medical doctor, Cyprian Nyong, of the National Hospital, Abuja, received the first jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine as Nigeria on Friday commenced its COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, flagged off the exercise on Friday on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said it was crucial “to first cater for those who cater for us.”
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, described the moment as a “watershed.”
Nigeria had on Tuesday received about four million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine shipped into the country through the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.
Meanwhile, President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will, on Saturday, receive shots of the vaccines to dissipate vaccine hesitancy amongst Nigerians, while State governors and their deputies are to take the vaccine on Wednesday (March 10).
Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti, said the vaccination was part of resolutions made by the governors during an emergency virtual meeting held on Thursday.
Fayemi said that the vaccination would be done publicly, adding that the governors would enlighten more Nigerians on the need to take the vaccine, which, he said, was safe.
The governor encouraged citizens to use the e-registeration portal on the National Primary Health Care Development Agency website – nphcsaict.com.ng/publicreg – to register for vaccination, and gave the assurance that the vaccine was researched to be safe for persons up to 18 years.