The federal government has fixed a date to begin the commencement of vaccination in the country. According to National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), The vaccination will start on Friday.
DAILY GIST had earlier reported on Tuesday how Nigeria received 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of the 16 million expected through the World Health Organisation-led COVAX facility.
President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other top government officials are expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses on Saturday.
Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said: “Further to the clearance by NAFDAC, the PTF, FMOH and NPHCDA, strategic leaders will be at the treatment centre of the National Hospital on Friday, where the first vaccination site will be set up to commence the vaccination of frontline health workers and support staff. On Saturday, key strategic leaders will receive the first dose of the vaccine.
“On Monday, more vaccination sites would have been set up at designated locations such as National Assembly clinic, State House clinic and Federal medical centre, Jabi, where leaders such as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Attorney General of the Federation, Inspector General of Police, the Ministers and Ministers of States, Senators, House of Representatives, traditional leaders and religious leaders will be vaccinated, he said.
He added that vaccine distribution to states for the first phase vaccination process will begin very soon.