President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received jabs of the COVID-19 vaccines on LIVE TV at about 11: 55 a.m. on Saturday, March, 6. Mr. Buhari was vaccinated by the Chief Personal Physician to the President, Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi, while Mr. Osinbajo was vaccinated by his personal physician, Nicholas Audifferen. Earlier it was reported that the President and Vice will be among the first set of Nigerians to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to demonstrate to Nigerians it is safe. Nigeria commenced the COVID-19 vaccination of its citizens on Friday, three days after it received 3.94 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX).
President Buhari wrote on his Twitter “Yesterday, our frontline medical personnel, top on the priority list, were vaccinated. Today, as a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, the Vice President and I received our first jabs.
“I wish to commend it to all eligible Nigerians, to do same so that we can be protected from the virus. I urge all state governments, traditional and religious leaders, to take the lead in the mobilization effort within their environment and spheres of influence.
“The vaccine offers hope for a safe country, free of Coronavirus. I similarly urge all eligible Nigerians to present themselves and be vaccinated in accordance with the order of priority already mapped out, at the various authorized designated centres ONLY. #YesToCOVID19Vaccine.”
The national launch of the Covid 19 vaccination in Nigeria has kicked off with priority placed on health care workers and supporting staff.
The program spearheaded by the ministry of health, national primary health care and the presidential task force on covid 19 will be rolled out in phases.
The first rollout plan will commence with Frontline health care workers and supporting staff followed by top government officials.
This event kick starts the process of the national vaccine rollout plan for the country across states including the FCT which will have 65 vaccination points across all council areas.