- The federal government is not relenting in its effort to show that the COVID-19 is safe for Nigerians
- Nigeria's president, the vice president will be among the first to receive a dose of the vaccine to educate citizens on the relevance of the jab
- This was revealed by Faisal Shuaib, the executive director of NPHCDA on Thursday, January 7
President Muhammadu Buhari will receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on live TV to help drive awareness on the vaccine administration among Nigerians, Daily Trust reports.
According to the federal government, Buhari along with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and other key personnel will be among the first set to receive the vaccine.
The executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, broke the news at the presidential task force on COVID-19 joint national media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, January 7.
Shuaib went on to note that key government officials like the president, VP and the SGF will be taking the vaccine in the full glare of the public to demonstrate that the vaccine is safe.
While urging Nigerians not to be hesitant on the vaccines, the NPHCDA executive director emphasised that health workers will be given priority when Nigeria receives the vaccine.
He explained that this is because they are in direct contact with coronavirus cases in isolation centres.
This development is coming almost a month after the federal government put in place 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, 2020.
He emphasised that 92 countries came together to ensure access and safety of vaccines, adding that the expected 20 million doses would first be given to workers in the health sector and vulnerable citizens.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria's former vice president received a jab of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Popular Nigerian journalist, Dele Momodu, shared the pictures showing the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as he received the jab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Atiku’s spokesman, Paul Ibe, has also confirmed the development, adding the PDP chieftain took the vaccine on Wednesday, January 6, as part of a mass vaccination programme.
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