Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health, has said frontline health workers and persons above 60 years of age will be considered first for vaccination, when the country takes delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.
Mamora said this on Monday, while speaking on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, on modalities of vaccine distribution.
Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), had revealed on Saturday, that Nigeria will receive about 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.
The minister explained that people above 60 and 65 years old with health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes will receive the vaccine after health workers.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in the country will take the vaccines in public to boost confidence in Nigerians.
“Secondly, the elderly; those above 60 and 65 particularly with existing health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and things like that. Of course, we will also be looking at the strategic leadership of the country and some other people like border post managers; the people at the point of entry”, he said.
Mamora also stated that Nigerians who have received COVID-19 vaccines abroad will still be required to take Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests upon arrival in the country.
According to him, receiving the vaccine is not a license to disregard the already established COVID-19 travel protocol.
“The protocol is there already. They need to produce evidence of taking a PCR test within the estimated time limit before boarding and the test certificate and when they come into the country, they would need to go into isolation and on the seventh day, then take the PCR test.
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“Having been vaccinated does not absolutely say that you can’t get the infection. What the vaccine guarantees is that if you get the infection, you are not likely to succumb.
“The fact that you got a vaccine is no license for you to down your guard. The things that we have said will still be in place in terms of non-pharmaceutical interventions especially when we are yet to achieve herd immunity and we can’t have that until a minimum of 70 percent of the population is vaccinated,” he said.