President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and different prime officers will obtain their COVID-19 vaccination tomorrow.
Governors will obtain theirs on Wednesday.
The three.92 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will likely be rolled out from the Nationwide Hospital Abuja at present.
Nationwide Main Well being Care Growth Company (NPHCDA) Government Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib, informed reporters after the second State Home weekly ministerial briefing that the officers would take the vaccine publicly to extend confidence in it and overcome hesitancy.
He stated a examine revealed that fifty per cent of Nigerians would take the vaccine.
He stated precedence could be given to frontline well being staff, the aged and the susceptible.
“After we get our strategic leaders to publicly exhibit that these vaccines are protected, the plan is to now go to the state stage to begin the launch on the remedy centres and likewise get strategic leaders similar to governors to publicly take the vaccines.
“By the point all of those occur, we might have completed all the vital preparations. We might have created a dashboard that can observe very fastidiously the standing of the preparedness of the states,” he stated.
Nationwide Company for Meals Medicine and Administration Management (NAFDAC) Director-Basic, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stated because the arrival of the vaccine on Tuesday, the company has been finishing up sequence of checks on its efficacy.
She warned that falsified COVID-19 vaccines had been already within the international market.
“That’s why NAFDAC is specializing in track-and-trace, to make sure no infiltration of substandard vaccines within the provide chain.
“Traceability is essential; we will hint the vaccines from the airport to the affected person,” Adeyeye stated.
Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, debunked the notion that Nigeria is counting on charity to vaccinate the inhabitants towards COVID-19.
In accordance with him, Nigeria joined 52 African international locations to open an account with Afreximbank to obtain 570 million doses of vaccines for the continent, out of which the nation is anticipating to obtain between 80 and 85 million doses.
“Now, we wish to immunise 70 per cent to have what is named herd immunity. The African Union and the African Centre for Illness Management recognised that.
“Went to the president of the AU and stated we should arrange one thing to help ourselves. So, 52 international locations in Africa got here collectively. Out of 55, 52 got here collectively and joined within the AVATT – Africa Vaccine Acquisition Activity Workforce, to make a bulk order.
“The primary bulk order they made was for 270 million doses, which instantly will impress any producer.
“So, the producers are impressed and they’re prepared to supply that vaccine with as a lot precedence as doable.”