Buhari, Osinbajo to receive COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday as FG releases vaccination schedule


‎President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are expected to receive the Oxford Astra-Zeneca COVID- 19 vaccine‎ on Saturday.

The vaccine is scheduled to arrive in the country today (Tuesday).

‎Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib revealed this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday. ‎

After the vaccination of the President and the Vice President, the first national vaccination site will be set up at the treatment center of the National Hospital in Abuja on Friday, March 5, 2021, to commence the vaccination of the frontline health workers and support staff.

Shuaibu added that health workers will be electronically registered in the COVID-19 vaccine database and would receive their COVID-19 vaccination card which has a QR code that can be verified worldwide.‎

According to the vaccine roll-out plan, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, the Federal Ministers, Senators, House of Representatives members, traditional leaders and religious leaders would be vaccinated on March 8.

Vaccination centres will be set up at designated locations, including National Assembly Clinic, State House Clinic and Federal Medical Centre, Jabi.‎‎

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‎He added that in collaboration with CACOVID, plans were afoot for a cargo plane to transport the vaccines to the states by air while states without a functional airport will have their vaccines transported by road, using vans with fitted Cold Cabins, from the nearest airport.

The vaccines are to be stored at the state cold stores, from where they will be transported by road to LGA cold stores. ‎

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