Public apathy will be greatly reduced if Buhari and Osinbajo are both vaccinated in public.
The Federal Government has stated that some Nigerian States still do not receive COVID-19 treatment vaccines in the country in order to comply with the conditions for training medical personnel, national asset safety and cold chain storage, among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will receive COVID-19 vaccine publicly on Saturday to address mistrust of the efficiency of vaccines recently brought into the country for treatment of the ailment.
On Tuesday 2, March 2021, the country received its first 3,92 million doses of vaccine from Oxford-AstraZeneca.
This was said yesterday in the 2nd edition of the State House weekly ministerial briefing at the Presidential Villa, Abuja by the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib.
Shuaib said Buhari and Osinbajo would be given the vaccine for COVID-19 after some healthcare workers receive it today.
He also said that Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) and Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), would also receive his first dose of vaccine tomorrow.
The first batch of over 16 million doses allocated to Nigeria by the COVAX Initiative is 3.92 million doses of the vaccine to cater for approximately 20% of Nigerians.
Nevertheless, recent studies indicate an increasing trust for COVID-19 vaccines despite public apathy, as surveys have found encouraging trends in several countries, but researchers are warning of resistance to this vaccine which could affect pandemic recovery.
A survey of thousands of people in about sixteen countries showed that in some parts of the world there seem to be an improvement in the attitude towards COVID-19 vaccines, although researchers welcome the results that suggest that a growing number of people are prepared to take it.
Director General and CEO of the Nigeria Centre for disease control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said “The concern of people about COVID-19 is not surprising, because it has been a disease with us for more than one year, is obvious. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said:”
“The NPHCDA has, however, worked hard to address the concerns of people through verification of information. These efforts were also supported by the NCDC.
“COVID-19 vaccine is undergoing a strict regulatory review process in Nigeria. This was done at National Level by global institutions including the World Health Organization (WHO) and NAFDAC.”