National Coordinator of the Presidential Working Group (PTF) for COVID-19 Sani Aliyu says the COVID-19 vaccine will be given to Nigerians for free when vaccination begins.
Aliyu announced this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily.
He also revealed the plans of the Nigerian government on the delivery and application of the vaccine, and provided assurance that Nigerians will be freely vaccinated.
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“Yesterday, the president gave the PTF a mandate to continue preparations regarding the vaccine.
“The president has also ordered us to make the COVID-19 vaccine available in Nigeria.
“The COVID-19 vaccine will be available in Nigeria using the GAVI arrangement. We already have the certainty that we will have 20% of the population to be housed by GAVI, which is about 40 million Nigerians. They will not have to pay for that (vaccine) “, said the PTF coordinator.
He added that while there are fears that Nigerians may be reluctant to receive vaccine injections, efforts are being made to sensitize many and deliver vaccines across the country.
“We continued to cooperate with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care. NPHCDA has a lot of experience in delivering vaccines across the country. They have been involved in polio vaccinations and are even currently responsible for the growth of child vaccination growth across the country, so they have a lot of experience.
“A lot of work is done behind the scenes. The NPHCDA has a board, the minister has set up an advisory board, and the PTF is now coming to make sure we coordinate effectively.
“The biggest challenge we will have with the vaccine will not be logistics, the biggest challenge will be the public acceptance of vaccine safety and allowing vaccination, the challenge will be very similar to the one we have with polio,” he added.