- The presidency has allayed the fears citizens may have about being vaccinated against coronavirus
- Garba Shehu opened up about President Buhari's experience after he he received his jab
- The presidential aide disclosed that Buhari felt normal and went about his business
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has assured Nigerians that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari did not suffer any side effect after getting his jab on Saturday, March 6.
In a series of tweets on his official Twitter account, Shehu stated that Buhari “felt normal and went about doing his job” after he was vaccinated.
According to the presidential aide, so far, there has been no side effects, and if any arises, the presidency will not keep it a secret.
Dispelling the fears and misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine, Shehu tweeted:
Shehu expressed hope that the action of the president and his vice would send a stri=ong message to Nigerians on how safe the vaccine is.
Nigerians were spotted in Shehu's comment section asking him questions.
"What happens when some refuse it? We honestly must preserve & protect the free will of every citizen [un/vaccinated].
"We can't stop anyone from refusing to take the vaccines, IF &as long as they never call in sick from it. I am more concerned about this small unit of people!!!"
"When is the vaccine going to be available to the public (I mean the masses), it is free? If Not Free how much is it going to cost one to have it?"
"I no longer believe anything from this people, if they say stay, brethren tie race ohh, how do we know if he actually took a vaccine, why not vaccinate the health workers first, at least they'd be open to us if there is any side effects."
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Shortly after receiving the vaccine, President Buhari had urged all eligible Nigerians to also take it in order to protect themselves from contracting the virus.
VP Osinbajo also spoke about his experience shortly after. According to him, he did not feel any pinch while being vaccinated against coronavirus.
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