- Top Nigerian government officials will receive their coronavirus vaccine on Saturday
- In fact, they will be the first set of people to take the vaccine in the country
- Those that will take part in this include President Buhari, Osinbajo and Boss Mustapha
In what will excite many Nigerians, the country can now boast of being part of the countries that are vaccinating their citizens against the deadly coronavirus.
In fact, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, and other prominent Nigerians will be among the first set of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
This will be done on live television to encourage Nigerians.
They are expected to receive the first dose of the vaccine on Saturday, March 6.
This was disclosed by the executive director/CEO, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, on Monday, March 1, Daily Trust reports.
He said it will also help drive awareness on the virus and the vaccine administration in the country when it finally arrives.
Shuaib consequently urged Nigerians not to be hesitant about the vaccines when they arrive.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Nigeria.
NAFDAC's director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, made the announcement on Thursday, February 18, President Buhari's new media aide, Bashir Ahmad, stated on Twitter.
Legit.ng gathers that Adeyeye also stated that the vaccine can be stored at 2 to 8-degree centigrade.
Also, NPHCDA listed the categories of people to get vaccinated first as COVID-19 infection rates continue to go higher in the country.
According to Dr Shuaib, frontline health workers, elderly people and persons with co-morbidities, and strategic country leadership will be prioritised for vaccination.
In another report, the coronavirus vaccination rollout in Nigeria will not be as swift as those of other developed countries if the submission of NPHCDA is to be believed.
According to the health agency, about 109 million Nigerians will be vaccinated against the coronavirus within the next two years.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.