Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to the President; Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity; and Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Monday were administered the COVID-19 vaccine.
The presidential aides were vaccinated alongside Tijjani Umar, the Permanent Secretary, State House; and Tolu Ogunlesi, the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, at the State House Clinic, Abuja.
The quintet was administered the vaccine by Dr Esther Ibrahim, the Chief Nursing Officer at the Special Care Centre of the State House Clinic.
Speaking after being vaccinated, Gambari described the process as painless.
The president’s Chief of Staff said he took the jab in following his principal’s footsteps as a responsible Nigerian. He urged all eligible Nigerians to present themselves for the vaccination so Nigeria can attain herd immunity.
He said: “My experience in receiving this was almost painless and I am just following the footstep of my leader, his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari who has demonstrated leadership at the highest level by receiving the vaccine, followed by his Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“I want to encourage eligible Nigerians to take the vaccine. It is safe, painless and the benefits are immense.
“It is not just for the individual but the more Nigerians are vaccinated the more we develop the herd immunity which will keep our country safe and our people healthy.”
Also speaking, Umar, the State House Permanent Secretary, said the government needs to protect its citizens through the provision of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccination took place three days after Nigeria formally commenced the exercise following the delivery of 3.94 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine by COVAX.
A medical doctor, Cyprian Ngong, made history as the first person to receive the vaccine in Nigeria last Friday, alongside three frontline healthcare workers.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were administered with the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday at the State House.