- Nigeria is preparing to receive the much-awaited COVID-19 vaccines
- Leaders in the country have been lined up to receive the vaccines first
- The federal government has given reasons for the decision
The federal government has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and state governors will be the first set of Nigerians to receive the much-awaited COVID-19 vaccines.
The government's spokesman and minister for information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the decision was deliberate and a strategy to put an end to conspiracy theories regarding the safety of the vaccines.
According to him, the government owes it as a point of duty to do a lot of enlightenment campaigns to neutralise the effect of the conspiracies and remove any doubt or fear from its citizens.
The Nation quoted him as saying:
“The crux of the matter is that many Nigerians still live in denial. They don’t believe there is COVID-19.
“And for many of them, when we announce that so many people have tested positive and so many have died, these things just remain as figures and numbers until when those who are close to them are victims that they begin to realise that this is a serious matter.
This is why every successful and celebrated Nigerians, who have gone through this and has come out of it, has shared their experience and I say this is not a joke. In the first instance, we don’t have the health infrastructure to support this kind of total recklessness on the part of Nigerians.
“More than the vaccines, we need Nigerians to understand that the non-pharmaceutical intervention is still the most effective way of interrupting and slowing down the infection in Nigeria and consequently slowing down the mortality rate.”
In a related development, the federal government has classified Kogi as a high-risk state for COVID-19 because of its failure to acknowledge the existence of the disease, report tests, or build isolation centres.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, announced the classification on Monday, February 1, and warned Nigerians to beware of visiting the state.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has consistently dismissed the existence of COVID-19 in Nigeria sparking outrage among health professionals and many Nigerians.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier listed 10 facts about the COVID-19 vaccine Nigerians need to know.
Legit.ng also advised the authorities on 5 steps to take before the vaccines arrive in the country.