The Nigerian president, Mohammadu Buhari, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo and all the governors of the 36 states of Nigeria will be the first set to recieve Covid 19 vaccine.
The exercise will take place live on TV channels. This is necessary to help gather acceptance from Nigerians to take part in accepting and using the vaccine.
This was disclosed by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Chairman of Nigeria Governor’s Forum on friday in Abuja. The information came shortly after Dr. Kayode fielded questions from State House Correspondents at the end of a closed-door meeting with President Buhari.
Dr. Kayode stated thus:
“We too will like to demonstrate to our citizens that we believe that vaccines will work.
“The Governors’ Forum managed the polio vaccines administration in the country and we have garnered a lot of experience.
“We have worked with the Primary Healthcare Development Agency and the Federal Ministry of Health.
“We will be happy to work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and the Primary Healthcare Development Agency on this as well.
So, we would take a lead as well in our various states,” said Fayemi, who is also the Governor of Ekiti.
Meanwhile, Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), at the PTF briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja, said the President , Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other prominent Nigerians had expressed readiness to receive the vaccine on live television.
However, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Nigeria intends to get 42 million COVID 19 vaccines to cover one-fifth of its population through the global COVAX scheme.
First vaccines would come as part of Nigeria’s plan to inoculate 40 per cent of the population in 2021.
While another 30 per cent will come in 2022 with 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive in the country by the end of January 2021.
Dr. Kayode commended the PTF on COVID-19 for resolving to use the president and the vice president as the first people for reassuring those who might have doubts about the vaccines.
Dr. Fayemi stated thus:
“But the good thing is that Mr President has agreed with me that he would convey to the PTF the necessity of using other influencers.
“Maybe the Chief Imams, the Bishops, top musicians and our sports personalities.
“The more of such people are seen taking the vaccines, the more the likelihood of resistance break down in our various localities,” Fayemi said.
The governor, who said that he discussed the issue of vaccine management with the president, stressed the urgent need for Nigeria to ramp up the manufacturing of vaccines locally.
“There is nothing as good as having the ability to manufacture our own vaccines locally.
“It is important for the Federal Government to really accelerate so that we can produce the vaccines here in Nigeria and not be dependent on what is coming from other parts,“ Fayemi said. (NAN)