The Federal Government has said President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and other prominent Nigerians will be among the first set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on live television to help drive awareness.
Recalled that United States President-elect Joe Biden had December last year received a COVID-19 vaccine on live television in a demonstration intended to encourage Americans to receive shots of their own when they can.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was also vaccinated against the coronavirus on live television Saturday, becoming the first Israeli and one of the world’s leaders to be inoculated.
The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, made this disclosure at Thursday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
He appealed to Nigerians not to be hesitant on the vaccine when they arrive as key government officials like president, VP and the SGF will take it on live TV.
“In terms of the prioritization of vaccines and strategic country leadership, the primary healthcare agency boss said, “what it means that on Tuesday I had mentioned that we will like to see a situation where Mr. President, the Vice President, the SGF, critical leaders come and take the vaccine in full glare of the public to demonstrate that this vaccines is safe. So we have to make provisions for those. But even in developed countries, what we have seen is that apart from the prioritization health workers, you have to also identify critical leaders that you don’t want them to be wipe off by the virus. For example, in warfare, if you want to destroy your enemies, you look for specific leaders, captains, the generals, once you decapitate them, then the soldiers will become weak.
So, as much as possible you do not want to also leave your leaders vulnerable to COVID-19, it doesn’t , it doesn’t mean you want to prioritize politicians, that is not correct. I emphasized during the last briefing that we will prioritize our health workers because they are the ones in direct contacts with cases in isolation units.”
On the infection abs health immunity, he said: “there is no shadows of doubt even from the different vaccines that we have used in the past, that it is always better to use the vaccines. For COVID-19 it will approximately 10 years for you to be able to achieve health immunity. So you can imagine how many people would have died if you have to rely on health immunity.
“The Swiss tried health immunity and I’m sure of you go through the information that is available, for a lot of people health immunity just doesn’t work. The Americans touted it and see what is happening in the US. Health immunity is not the way to go. The evidence is there that when you use vaccines you are more likely to quickly to attend health immunity, protect more people.