The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced that the dispensation of the first dose of vaccine begins today as health workers were the first to take their shots in Abuja.
The vaccines were dispensed at the National Hospital Abuja, in an event chaired by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) Chairman on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, and reported by the NPHCDA on Twitter.
“The long-awaited day is here, by which Nigerians join other global communitiea to be vaccinated against the dreaded COVID-19 virus. For us in the health sector, it is the start of a tedious but hopeful exercise,” Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said.
Dr Cyprian Ngon was the first to receive the vaccine. He led the first set of health workers including Nurse Faith E. Eragbai, Dr Nuru Joseph and Dr Thairu Yunusa to receive the vaccine.
Speaking about the flag-off of the vaccination, the NPHCDA boss, Dr Faisal Shuaib said: “It’s a momentous occasion today as we administer the first dose to one of our foremost frontline Medical Doctor in the fight against COVID-19.
“Today we are going to be administering the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to our frontline health workers. The vaccines we are administering today are safe and effective.
“I salute the commitment of all health workers in saving and ensuring the protection of all Nigerians. This is a novel roll-out and the only authorised source is the Federal Government,” Boss Mustapha said.