Nigerian governors has accepted to be given COVID-19 vaccine on live television to encourage Nigerians to accept the vaccine.
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, addressed journalists in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said he and his colleagues had accepted to do so.
Mr Fayemi gave an affirmative yes when asked if governors will also take the vaccines on live television.
His words; “We too will like to demonstrate to our citizens that we believe that vaccines would work.”
“Don’t forget, we have a lot of experience on this. Governors Forum managed the polio vaccines administration in the country and we have garnered a lot of experience,” said Mr Fayemi, the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.
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.
Nigeria is expecting its first 100,000 doses of Pfizer and bioNtech vaccines at the end of this month, according to the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib.
The country is also expecting ‘free’ 42 million doses of vaccines in the second phase through the COVAX facility, an initiative run by the vaccine alliance, GAVI, to ensure equitable access to a COVID vaccine.
The Nigerian government has also inaugurated an 18-member national COVID-19 task team to ensure ‘vaccine security’ on arrival.