Governors and their deputies will receive the shots of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
The governors also agreed to ensure strict compliance to the guidelines developed by health authorities. Part of the guidelines stated that frontline health workers and the elderly will be the first set to be benefited.
This was part of the decision taken at an emergency virtual meeting of the NGF, presided over by its chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.
The governors also agreed to step up sensitization activities in their various states along with the stakeholders.
The head of the Media and Public Affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, confirmed this in Abuja on Thursday.
He said, “3,924,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines (part of the 16 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility arrangement), arrived in Nigeria, on Wednesday 3rd March 2021.”
Bello-Narkindo explained that it was also agreed that government leadership and frontline health workers will receive the vaccines first from March 6, 2021, with the President and Vice President.
The state governors will also be working with the Federal Government, and ensure that the required cold Chain set up, trained personnel, and security of the vaccine roll out was put in place to ensure a smooth vaccination campaign.
The governors then called on citizens to use the e-registration portal of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to pre-register for vaccination.