President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and other top Government officials are set to be the first people to receive the incoming COVID-19 vaccine and openly too, in order to instill confidence in the public that the vaccine is safe.
This was made known by the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mr. Faisal Shuaib, who said that, “On Tuesday, I mentioned that we will like to see a situation where Mr President, the Vice President, the SGF, critical leaders come and take the vaccine in full glare of the public to demonstrate that this vaccine is safe.”
“So, we have to make provisions for those. But even in developed countries, what we have seen is that apart from the prioritisation of health workers, you have to also identify critical leaders that you don’t want them to be wiped off by the virus.”
Shuaib who was speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 in Abuja, also said that vaccines are always better than health immunity. Adding that it would take about 10 years for some persons to achieve health immunity against a novel disease like the COVID-19, during which time, some may have died of it.