Cyprian Ngon leads other Nigerians to take first COVID-19 vaccine dose


Nigeria on Friday began the vaccination of its citizens against the COVID-19 virus with Dr. Cyprian Ngon, the Family Physician, National Hospital, Abuja, as the first person recipient.

The second person was Dr. Tahir Yunusa, a Pathologist with University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

Ngon had been the Head of the COVID-19 Isolation Centre at National Hospital Abuja since February 2020 when the virus was first detected in Nigeria. The third person was Dr. Nuru Samudeen, National Hospital Abuja Family Physician at the Accident and Emergency unit.

Speaking at the event, the NPHCDA ED, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said “It’s a momentous occasion today as we administer the first dose to one of our foremost frontline Medical Doctor in the fight against COVID-19”

“Today we are going to be administering the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to our frontline health workers. The vaccines we are administering today are safe and effective”

The vaccine, after undergoing assessment by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDC), was confirmed to have positive results.

The country was now set to go ahead and use the 3.924 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which arrived the country on March 2 through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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Meanwhile, the Federal Government had launched a website where Nigerians could log on and register for the vaccination.

Government, therefore, advised citizens to log on to the website on NPHCDC website.

The healthcare development agency said that “to register for the COVID-19 vaccination, visit our website — — and click on ‘COVID-19 vaccination e-registration.”