The Presidency said President Muhammadu Buhari has not experienced any side effect since he received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement on Saturday, hours after his principal was inoculated publicly at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the Presidency, President Buhari has been performing his duties without any health hindrance, noting that it will be open to the public should any issue occur.
The statement read: “In response to press enquiries, I like to assure all citizens and to dispel fears and misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine administered on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN earlier this morning.
“After he got his jab, the President felt normal and went about doing his job. If there are side effects that follow, we will be open about that but so far there is nothing of a side effect, serious or mild on the President. He is carrying on as normal.
“We hope this will help to send a strong message among the people, especially those grappling with hesitancy about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.”
President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were both administered with the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by their personal physicians at the Presidential Villa on Saturday.
Their vaccination took place a day after Nigeria formally commenced the exercise following the delivery of 3.94 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine by COVAX, an initiative set up by the United Nations and other development partners to help low and middle-income countries get access to the vaccine.