Nigerian Governors, deputies to get COVID-19 jabs on March 10
The 36 state governors and their deputies have been scheduled to take the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday March 10, 2021.
The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti, who disclosed this at a virtual news conference said that the vaccination was part of resolutions made by the governors during an emergency virtual meeting held on Thursday.
Fayemi read a communique issued by the governors at the end of the meeting stating that the vaccination would be done publicly. The governor added that the governors would enlighten more Nigerians on the need to take the vaccine, which, he said, was safe.
He expressed the governors’ commitment to work with the Federal Government to ensure that the required cold chain would be set up for the vaccine.
He said that Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, at the meeting, briefed the governors on the 3.92m doses of the vaccine received by Nigeria on Tuesday.
He disclosed that the leadership and frontline health workers would be the first to receive the vaccine as from March 6, beginning with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Fayemi gave the assurance that the vaccine was researched to be safe for persons up to 18 years.
The meeting also attended by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu; Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, and other medical experts.
In the same vein, the Federal Government and the leadership of the frontline health workers are expected to receive vaccines first starting from March 6, 2020, with the President and the Vice President.
Earlier today, along with the Hon. Minister of Health @DrEOEhanire , my brother, the DG NCDC @Chikwe_I and
DG @NafdacAgency , we had a State House Briefing where I provided progress report on Nigeria’s #COVID19 Vaccine Roll-out Plan.
Proud of our collaboration. pic.twitter.com/Jq7pypypJn
— Dr. Faisal Shuaib (@drfaisalshuaib) March 4, 2021