The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has stated that Nigerians below 18 years and pregnant girls will not be eligible to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ehanire said this whereas flagging off the COVID-19 vaccination train in Abuja on Friday, noting that Nigeria would “vaccinate 70 per cent of its inhabitants by 2023.”
The occasion was attended by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, represented by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe; Speaker of Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Process Pressure on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, and several other different stakeholders, together with representatives of donor companies.
The minister known as on Nigerians to method the vaccines part with the unity of goal and perceive that no one was secure till everybody was vaccinated.
Vaccination towards COVID-19 started in Abuja on Friday.
A health care provider on the Nationwide Hospital, Abuja, Dr Cyprian Ngong, made historical past as the primary Nigerian to be vaccinated towards the lethal virus, ushering Nigeria into a brand new part within the struggle towards the pandemic.
The minister stated, “We should consider our authorities on the protection and efficacy of the vaccines delivered to Nigeria, help the deliberate and systematic roll-out of the vaccines and mobilise our residents as we transfer into the states. We should recognise that vaccine hesitancy will negatively impression our lives and people of our family members if allowed to fester.
“Nigerians below 18 years and pregnant girls will not be eligible to take the vaccine besides medically licensed to take the jab. It’s a reduction and the marking of the beginning of a tedious however hopeful train to see our residents develop immunity towards the virus.
“It’s a horrifying one yr to observe a gradual enhance of the COVID-19 casualties in our nation, particularly amongst well being employees who have been additionally depleting our human sources.”
He added that the deployment can be in 4 phases and align with the deliberate arrival of vaccines in batches.
He famous that every part would seize a particular phase of the eligible inhabitants to make sure vaccine deployment fairness.
The minister stated other than the frontline well being employees, the next prioritised teams are the aged and weak with pre-existing well being situations.
“All eligible teams should get vaccinated as and when due whereas the non-eligible teams ought to respectfully await their flip. The vaccines are greater than sufficient to go spherical and can be coming in phases. We now have taken steps to make sure vaccine safety and accountability. However we should additionally keep away from any foul play or underground dealing on this train to embarrass us.
“These vaccines are our frequent belongings and accountability of each particular person to guard them and guarantee correct use. I urge residents to be vigilant and report any foul apply to the safety companies,” Ehanire said.
The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Mohammed Bello, stated 65 centres had been designated as vaccination centres throughout the FCT.
Nigeria is the third African nation to profit from the COVAX facility after Ghana and Coted’Ivoire.
The COVID-19 vaccines arrived on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja, aboard the Boeing 777 300 ER plane of Emirates Airline at precisely 11.45 am.