The Chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has stated that the governors of Nigeria’s 36 states have agreed to help encourage their citizens to accept the COVID-19 vaccine by taking it themselves on live television.
He made this known on Friday in Abuja at the end of a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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,” he said.
Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), at the PTF briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja, assured the citizens by saying, the President , Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other prominent Nigerians had expressed readiness to receive the vaccine on live television.
Amidst the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and new COVID-19 variants ravaging some parts of the world, many countries are already on the queue to access effective vaccines for its citizens.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported that Nigeria will be receiving about 42 million COVID-19 vaccines to cover one-fifth of its population through the global COVAX scheme.
The initial vaccines would come as part of Nigeria’s plan to inoculate 40 per cent of the population in 2021 and another 30 per cent in 2022 with about 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive in the country by the end of January 2021.
By Anita Addy.