FG: COVID-19 Vaccination Optional for Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses on Saturday of the 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine received on Tuesday.

Report says the received vaccine doses are the first batch of the 16 million expected through the World Health Organisation-led COVAX facility. The 129 million vaccine doses which will be received by the government which are to vaccinate 70 per cent of its population within two years and will be administered in two doses. The consignment was received through the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja aboard Emirates Airlines were expected to be handed over to the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) team for analysis between on Wednesday and Thursday.

Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said strategic leaders will be at the treatment Centre of the National Hospital on Friday, where the first vaccination site will be set up to commence the vaccination of frontline health workers and support staff. on Saturday after clearance by NAFDAC, the PTF, FMOH and NPHCDA Report says key strategic leaders will receive the first dose of the vaccine while more vaccination sites would have been set up at designated locations such as National Assembly clinic, State House clinic and Federal medical Centre, Jabi, where top government officials traditional rulers, religious leaders amongst others will be vaccinated.

The federal relevant authority has said the States will take the first turn in the distribution of the Vaccine for the first phase vaccination process begins. The Nation’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire says he believe s that this is the beginning of the country’s journey towards eliminating covid-19 from our country assuring that due process will be strictly followed in distribution and administration of the vaccine as recommended by World Health Organization, WHO.       

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