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President Buhari, Osinbajo to receive Covid-19 vaccines on Saturday on live TV

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By GFD Reporter

President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are expected to receive their COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday, a day after the slated date for the rollout of the vaccine across the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 pandemic, Boss Mustapha is also expected to receive the jab the same day with the president and his vice.

Speaking on the planned rollout of the vaccines, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib said the President and the other senior administration officials would publicly take vaccines to increase public confidence in it and overcome vaccine hesitancy.

He said study revealed that only about 50 percent of Nigerians say they would definitely take the vaccines, making it imperative to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness.

He said after the launch of the rollout of the vaccines on Friday at the National Hospital, Abuja, priority would be given to frontline workers in the health sector.

He said the second group would be the elderly and vulnerable before people who have no propensity to get the infection, would be considered.

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“The next step in the vaccination programme given that we’ve now received the vaccines is a launch that will be taking place at the National Hospital tomorrow (Friday).

“The time scheduled for that launch is 10 am. The launch will be conducted by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, (Boss Mustapha).

“The plan is to vaccinate the frontline health workers that work in the treatment centre of the National Hospital, those will be the first people just like we’ve communicated that frontline health workers will be the first people to take the vaccines.

“After that, the plan is to vaccinate Mr President, Mr Vice-President and strategic leaders on Saturday.

“Again, we are hopeful that when Nigerians see leaders like Mr President and Mr Vice-President take the vaccines; it will increase their confidence around the safety of the vaccines.

“As you are well aware that even before the vaccines arrived Nigeria, there is a lot of hesitancy.

“It is a global phenomenon. Vaccine hesitancy is similar no matter where you are, you have to provide the right information and to those people who have questions, we cannot dismiss their cynicism,” Shuaib said.

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