Not long ago,President Muhammadu Buhari together with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja received, the first doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo got the jab live on TV, a day after the COVID-19 national vaccine programme commenced with the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The President and his Vice received the first shots of the vaccine at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja in the presence of members of the  Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, senior government officials and  journalists.
The Personal Physician to the President, Dr Sanusi Raafindadi administered the vaccine to him while that of the Vice President’ was done by his Personal Physician, Dr Nicholas Audifferen.
Speaking after the vaccine was administered to him, President Buhari described his decision to take the vaccine in public as ‘‘a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines.’’
‘‘I have received my first jab and I wish to commend it to all eligible Nigerians, to do same so that we can be protected from the virus,’’ he said.
He urged all state governments, traditional and religious leaders, to take the lead in the mobilization effort within their environment and spheres of influence.
We commend the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari in taking urgent and necessary steps to make the vaccine available in the country.
We also commend him and his Vice,Professor Yemi Osinbajo for demonstrating to the vast Nigerian publics the need to make themselves available when they took their own jabs of the vaccine before television cameras.
As many other groups especially the vulnerable and other government officials take the vaccine shots,it is necessary to beckon on all Nigerians to join the civilised world in their efforts to fight this terrible pandemic with all available arsenals at our disposal by taking the vaccine.
Why this call has become necessary is that a lot of Nigerians are looking at the vaccine with suspicion and demonizing it with all kinds of conspiracy theories.This is not only primitive and dangerous but uncalled for in the first place.
The Nigerian government should roll out a deliberate sensitization programme through radio and television, town hall meetings and other local channels of information dissemination to educate our people on the need to accept the vaccine.
Churches,market leaders,local government authorities and Civil Society Organisations have big role to play to ensure that the vaccine is accepted by our people.
Generally, the negative attitude of people towards vaccines is discouraging with fears that they could trigger irreversible side effects.
Though this is unfounded, it is abundantly clear that the importance and availability of vaccines have done a lot of good to mankind and animals over many years of their existence.
The Coronavirus pandemic has killed millions of humans across the world and yet no cure has been found and as President Buhari rightly pointed out,
‘‘the vaccine offers hope for a safe country, free of Coronavirus.
We urge all eligible Nigerians to present themselves and be vaccinated in accordance with the order of priority already mapped out, at the various authorized designated centres.
We congratulate and also commend all stakeholders who made availability of the vaccine possible.


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