President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo were on Saturday morning administered the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the State House, Abuja.
The President received his jab at exactly 11:51 am while the Vice-President got vaccinated at 11:57 am, both in the full glare of press cameras and senior presidency officials.
The vaccinations were preceded by e-registration of both leaders whose vaccination cards were filled out by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib.
Buhari was then vaccinated by the Chief Personal Physician to the President, Dr. Suhayb Rafindadi Sanusi, who thereafter formally presented him with the e-vaccination card.
Osinbajo was vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr. Nicholas Audifferen and was also presented with the e-vaccination card by Dr. Shuaib by 11:59am.
In his remarks afterwards, Buhari commended the robust response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria, saying that over 70 percent of the population is expected to be vaccinated by 2022.
Commending the efforts made to get about four million doses of the vaccine into Nigeria as the first batch of shipments, the President said: “I am similarly aware of the roll out and administration plan to cater for over seventy percent of our population between year 2021 and 2022.
“Yesterday, our frontline medical personnel, top on the priority list, were vaccinated. Today, as a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, I have received my first jab and I wish to commend it to all eligible Nigerians, to do same so that we can be protected from the virus.
“I urge all state governments, traditional and religious leaders, to take the lead in the mobilization effort within their environment and spheres of influence. The vaccine offers hope for a safe country, free of Coronavirus.
“I similarly urge all eligible Nigerians to present themselves and be vaccinated in accordance with the order of priority already mapped out, at the various authorized designated centres only.”
At the brief ceremony were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, assured Nigerians that the injection, with a narrow gauge syringe used on the upper arm, is relatively painless; and that the after-effects are mild and little discomfort around the injected area.