Few days from the arrival of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, the nation on Friday has commenced its COVID-19 vaccination as a medical doctor, Dr. Cyprian Nyong, of the National Hospital, Abuja, will receive a jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine any moment from now.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, flagged off the exercise on behalf of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
At the exercise, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, described the moment as a “watershed”.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, also said it was crucial “to first cater for those who cater for us”.
The President and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as earlier reported will receive shots of the vaccine on Saturday before it can be made available to Nigerians.