After President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, were vaccinated on live television, the Nigerian government revealed the type of COVID-19 vaccine that will be administered to the country’s citizens.
According to the government, qualifying Nigerians will be vaccinated with the same vaccine type as the president and vice president.
The Nigerian government launched the COVID-19 vaccination program against the feared coronavirus infection on Friday, 5 March 2021.
“What this launch means is that the COVID-19 vaccination programme has commenced in Nigeria.
”It is important to stress that the President and other strategic leaders received their vaccine from the same 3.924million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine delivered to Flag of Nigeria last week.
“There is no difference between the vaccine received by the president and the vaccine that will be administered to other eligible Nigerians. “It is our belief that this public and practical endorsement of the vaccine will build the trust, encourage and motivate the general public in the acceptance and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine during the vaccination campaign.
“As previously mentioned, in preparation for the vaccination campaign, the Presidential Task Force through the NPHCDA and in collaboration with donors and development partners, developed operational and training manuals to train over 100.000 health workers (which has commenced) at National, State, LGA and Health facility levels for the seamless deployment of the vaccines to the designated population.”
“The movement of vaccines to the States has commenced today. All things being equal, the delivery of the vaccines will be completed tomorrow.
“It is expected that States will roll out vaccination only when Local Government Areas have met the minimum criteria for the successful conduct of the campaigns. Parameters such as – training, cold chain status, the preposition of data tools, availability of transport/logistics for healthcare workers, adequate security for vaccines, etc should be the yardsticks for going ahead with implementation.”