COVID-19 vaccine will be given to Nigerians free, says PTF

COVID-19 vaccine will be given to Nigerians free, says PTF

- Nigeria is set to join the US and other countries that have started to administer the vaccination against COVID-19 to its citizens

- According to Sani Aliyu, the COVID-19 PTF national coordinator Nigerians won't have to pay to get the serum

- Aliyu, however, expressed fear that people may not be willing to receive the vaccine

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Following the federal government's move to secure the coronavirus vaccine, Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the COVID-19Presidential Taskforce (PTF) said Nigerians will receive the serum free when vaccination begins.

Aliyu made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, on Wednesday, December 23.

According to him, not less than 40 million Nigerians would be vaccinated when the first batch of vaccines get to the country.

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The PTF national coordinator while noting the federal government's plan to administer the vaccine assured Nigerians that they would not need to pay for it.

COVID-19 vaccine will be given to Nigerians free, says PTF
The Presidential Task Force has said about 40 million Nigerians would be vaccinated. Photo credit: @DigiCommsNG
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He also revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the taskforce the mandate to proceed with preparations.

However, Aliyu stated that the biggest challenge with the serum in Nigeria is that many people may be reluctant to receive shots of the vaccines just like the case with polio.

He added that efforts are already being made to sensitise Nigerian and deliver the vaccines across the nation.

Meanwhile, reported that amid the fear of another outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria, the federal government has put in place the machinery for receiving 20 million doses of the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine.

The executive secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, broke the news at the presidential task force on COVID-19 media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, December 10.

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He said Nigeria is a member of COVAX, an international coalition, under the World Health Organization (WHO) umbrella.

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In a related development, Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, said that Nigerians should expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January 2021.

The minister stated this on Wednesday, December 16, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.

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