Nigeria Begins COVID-19 Vaccination
London, March 5, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria will commence the vaccination against COVID-19 on Friday, (Today) the Federal Government said-two days after it received the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, announced this on Thursday at a presidential briefing held at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He revealed that the government would kick-off the exercise at the National Hospital in Abuja where the frontline health workers there would be the first set of people to be vaccinated.
Shuaib also hinted that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would also take their vaccine shots a day after the health workers were administered the vaccines.
Although he noted that the actual time for the inoculation of the two leaders would be communicated soon, he disclosed that members of the Federal Executive Council would be vaccinated on Monday.
They include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, and ministers among others.
According to the NPHCDA boss, an improved percentage of 50 per cent of Nigerians have indicated willingness to be vaccinated while 25 per cent remain hesitant.
He insisted that the vaccines would not be deployed to any state that has not fulfilled its preparedness criteria.
Who To Prioritise
On Tuesday, Nigeria received its first shipment of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines from COVAX, a World Health Organisation (WHO)-backed initiative set up to procure and ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for free among countries across the world.
The vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about noon via an Emirates airplane from India.
Ahead of the distribution, the government had said the vaccines would be administered in the order of priority, with the frontline health workers on the top of the list.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, had hinted that the government would also consider the elderly and the strategic leaders in the country – such as the President and other key public office holders.
Thursday’s briefing was also attended by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye, as well as the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib has hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday be taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The NPHCDA boss disclosed this on Thursday during a briefing in Abuja.
He said the COVID-19 vaccination will be launched on Friday at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Also, the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, will be vaccinated on Saturday to increase confidence in the vaccines and overcome vaccine hesitancy.
According to Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the actual time for the vaccination of the President and Vice President on Saturday will be communicated soon