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Covid-19: Nigerians Will Receive Same Vaccine Given To Buhari – NPHCDA

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr Faisal Shuaib has assured Nigerian citizens that eligible Nigerians would take the same jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine administered on President Muhammadu Buhari.

 Shuaib gave this assurance on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine on the 6th of March Live on TV to give assurance that the vaccine was safe to use.

According to Shuaib, “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”.

He added that,“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”.

He stated that, “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”.

Shuaib also revealed that, “The movement of vaccines to the States has commenced today. All things being equal, the delivery of the vaccines will be completed tomorrow. The delivery of the vaccines to the States is predicated on satisfactorily meeting the conditions to keep them safe and potent”.

“The state launch of the COVID-19 vaccination for frontline health worker is slated for March 9th at the State Treatment Centers, barring any prevailing local conditions, most Governors have agreed to flag-off on March 10th, while the State-wide rollout of COVID-19 vaccine will commence from the 12th of March”, he asserted..

He made it known that, “It is expected that States will roll out vaccination only when Local Government Areas have met the minimum criteria for successful conduct of the campaigns. Parameters such as – training, cold chain status, 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”.

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