President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and different outstanding Nigerians can be among the many first set of Nigerians to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine on dwell tv.
They’re anticipated to obtain the primary dose of the vaccine on Saturday, March 6.
The Government Director/CEO, Nationwide Major Well being Care Improvement Company (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, mentioned this on Monday on the joint nationwide briefing of the Presidential Job Drive (PTF) on COVID-19.
Each day Belief reviews that 4 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines will arrive within the nation from India on Tuesday.
Shuaib had, on January 7, mentioned Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, the SGF and different outstanding Nigerians can be among the many first set of Nigerians to obtain the vaccine.
In accordance with him, that is to assist drive consciousness on the virus and the vaccine administration within the nation when it lastly arrives.
He urged Nigerians to not be hesitant concerning the vaccines after they arrive.
At Monday’s briefing, Faisal mentioned the primary batch of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is about 3,924,000 doses, is anticipated to reach in Nigeria Tuesday, 2 March 2021 at 11:10 am.
He assured Nigerians that every one needed security and high quality management measures have been put in place for the arrival, storage and profitable administration of the vaccine within the nation.
In accordance with him, there may be going to be a mini ceremony chaired by the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19 to obtain the vaccine on the VIP Protocol part, Basic Aviation Terminal of Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja.
He mentioned on the finish of the ceremony to mark the arrival of the vaccines, a couple of vials of the vaccines can be handed over to the NAFDAC staff which they may analyse over a interval of two days (Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4).
“Additional to the clearance by NAFDAC, the PTF, FMOH, NPHCDA and strategic leaders can be on the remedy centre of the Nationwide Hospital on Friday, March fifth 2021, the place the primary vaccination web site can be set as much as begin the vaccination of the frontline well being employees and assist workers.
These Employees would even be electronically registered within the COVID-19 vaccine database and would obtain their COVID-19 vaccination card which has a QR code that may be verified worldwide.
“On Saturday, March sixth, key strategic leaders will obtain the primary dose of the vaccine,” Faisal mentioned.
Vaccine’ distribution to be monitored by EFCC
The NPHCDA boss mentioned in collaboration with CACOVID, plans have been on the bottom for a cargo aircraft to move the vaccines to the states by air.
In accordance with him, states with out a useful airport could have their vaccines transported by street utilizing vans with fitted Chilly Cabins, from the closest airport.
“The vaccines can be saved on the State Chilly Shops, from the place they are going to be transported by street to LGA Chilly Shops.
“As soon as actions have commenced within the states, there can be strict monitoring by PTF, FMOH, NPHCDA and unbiased our bodies comparable to EFCC, DSS, ICPC, and Civil Society Organisations.
“States/well being amenities/well being employees which might be recognized as defaulting from the usual protocol and pointers for this section of vaccination can be sanctioned,” Shuaib mentioned.
He added that whereas the primary section is ongoing, the nationwide staff can be prepared for the arrival of the subsequent batch of vaccines which might be used for the subsequent section of vaccination.
He mentioned the Part 2 vaccination course of includes the aged from 50 years and above and that this has been sub-grouped into two, with the vaccination of 60 and above occurring first adopted by 50-59 years.
He mentioned: “It will happen throughout all 36 States and the FCT. Those that are eligible for vaccination that haven’t registered electronically can be assisted on the designated well being facility and can be vaccinated.
“The section 3 vaccination course of includes vaccination of these between 18-49 years with co-morbidities (comparable to hypertension, diabetes, lung illness, different coronary heart illnesses, liver or renal illness, and many others).
“People at ages 50 and above with co-morbidities would have already got been Immunized inside their age group.
“The section 4 vaccination course of would contain vaccination of the remainder of the eligible inhabitants between the ages of 18-49 years.
“It’s worthy to notice that at every section of vaccination, the extent of preparedness of the states are assessed earlier than vaccines are deployed and accountability measures have been put in place to make sure strict compliance to the vaccination course of.
“Pregnant girls can be evaluated by their well being suppliers to weigh the profit versus danger earlier than a choice is taken to vaccinate them.”
Shuaib added that earlier on Monday, the Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, launched the indigenous T.E.A.C.H technique for COVID-19 vaccination and Digital Administration of Immunization Information system.
He mentioned that that is to make sure protected and efficient vaccination of prioritized and eligible Nigerians towards COVID-19.
He mentioned: “Following the launching, by means of a singular hyperlink obtainable on NPHCDA web site, Twitter deal with, Fb and Instagram, now we have commenced digital self-registration of well being employees.
“It will allow us to keep away from crowding at vaccination posts because the registered well being employees can be scheduled and reminded of their vaccination date through SMS and electronic mail.
“We urge all eligible Nigerians aged 18 years and above to be affected person as we’ll finally vaccinate them.
“Because the vaccines arrive in batches attributable to restricted provide, we’ll inform Nigerians about who and the place to obtain the vaccine.
“A complete and clear roll-out plan that includes public vaccination of President Muhammadu Buhari and different necessary dignitaries and stakeholders has been developed.
“Once more, that is to guarantee Nigerians on the security of the COVID-19 vaccines that we’re bringing into the nation.”