Tomorrow, being the 6th of March, the President of the Federation, Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other top officials will receive their COVID-19 vaccination tomorrow.
Likewise, Governors of the 36 States in the country will receive theirs on Wednesday .
Over 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine was received on Tuesday and it will be rolled out from the National Hospital Abuja, today.
After the second State House weekly ministerial briefing, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, stated that the officials would take the vaccine publicly to increase confidence in it and overcome hesitancy.
He went ahead to say that a study revealed that about 50 percent of Nigerians would take the vaccine. Also, priority will be given to frontline health workers, the elderly and the vulnerable.
According to Dr. Faisal;
“After we get our strategic leaders to publicly demonstrate that these vaccines are safe, the plan is to now go to the state level to start the launch at the treatment centres and also get strategic leaders such as governors to publicly take the vaccines.
“By the time all of these happen, we would have finished all of the necessary preparations. We would have created a dashboard that will track very carefully the status of the preparedness of the states”.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC), also stated that since the arrival of the vaccine, the agency has been carrying out series of checks on its efficacy. She warned that fake COVID vaccines were already in the global market:
“That’s why NAFDAC is focusing on track-and-trace, to ensure no infiltration of substandard vaccines in the supply chain. Traceability is very important; we can trace the vaccines from the airport to the patient,” the NAFDAC Director said.