For the record: List of 1st healthcare workers to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria

For the record: List of 1st healthcare workers to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria

After weeks of waiting, Nigeria has officially started vaccinating its citizens against the deadly coronavirus.

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on Tuesday, March 2, took delivery of 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX facility.

After the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) conducted its final assessment on the vaccine, the federal government flagged-off the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination exercise at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Friday, March 5.

The vaccination exercise commenced after the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, declared the event open.

For the record: List of 1st healthcare workers to receive coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria
Four healthcare workers in Abuja have made history as they emerge the first set of Nigerians to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria. Photo credit: @NphcdaNG
Source: Twitter

Below is the list of the health workers who have been vaccinated against the virus:

1. Dr Ngong Cyprian

2. Nurse Faith E. Eragbai

3. Dr Nuru Joseph

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4. Dr Thairu Yunusa

Among the listed health workers, Dr Ngong Cyprian was the first to be given the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, the executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), administered the vaccine to Dr Cyprian.

Meanwhile, 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.

They are expected to receive the first dose of the vaccine on Saturday, March 6.

This will be done on live television to encourage Nigerians, according to the executive director/CEO, of the NPHCDA, Dr Shuaib.

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In another report, the allegation that the coronavirus vaccine has been allocated to some rich people has been denied by the federal government.

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Denying the allegation, the NPHCDA boss, Dr Shuaib, said about 2.3 million Nigerians have registered to take the vaccine in less than 24 hours after the registration portal was opened.

He reiterated that the vaccine will be administered to Nigerians without any compromise.


Nurudeen Lawal is a journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_


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