As Nigeria takes delivery of nearly four million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine today, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and House Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila have been scheduled to take their vaccination on Monday, March 8, 2021.
This was made known by Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib during the weekly Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 briefing in Abuja.
According to Shuaib, the development is part of efforts by the agency to forestall incidences of elite resistance and vaccine hesitation among the populace as the federal government rolls out vaccines to contain the pandemic.
The Executive Director also revealed that Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Boss Mustapha, Ministers, Members of the Senate, the Inspector General of Police IGP, Mohammed Adamu as well as traditional and religious leaders are also scheduled to take the jab on the same day.
Meanwhile, he noted that the PTF will still have to interface with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to arrive at a suitable date for their own vaccination.
He thereafter added that all necessary safety and quality control measures have been put in place for the arrival, storage, and successful administration of the vaccine which will be received in Abuja today.