The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, had disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are expected to receive first COVID-19 vaccine doses on Saturday.
Recall that on Tuesday Nigeria had taken the delivery of 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of the 16 million expected through the World Health Organisation-led COVAX facility.
Speaking in a short ceremony to mark the arrival of the vaccine, Mr Shuaib, who is also a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the first vaccination site would be set up at the National Hospital, Abuja.
According to him, frontline health workers and support staff will also be the first set of people to receive the drug, followed by key strategic leaders.
He said: “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.
“Vaccine distribution to the States for the first phase vaccination process will begin.
“Working with CACOVID, plans are on ground for a cargo plane provided by them to transport the vaccines to the States by air.