Dr Cyprian Ngong, Nigeria’s first recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine, has said he feels good after receiving the vaccine.
Ngong, a medical doctor at the National Hospital, Abuja, however, said he wished his father, who he said died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), was alive to be vaccinated.
Ngong, a frontline health worker since the pandemic broke out in Abuja in March 2020, hailed the commencement of the vaccination exercise in Nigeria.
“You can see, I just took the vaccine now and I feel good. I have dreamt of taking the vaccine and I have taken the vaccine today. We’ve been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight here in National Hospital at the Isolation Centre under the able leadership of the National Hospital,” said the medical doctor.
He added: “They’ve provided everything we need for this fight. We’ve lost some, we’ve got some and we are happy we are getting the vaccines now in Nigeria.
“I think that is about the best news we’ve heard since. I only wished my dad had had this vaccine, maybe months ago or so. We lost him but we thank God, and the fight is still on and we will win.”
Nyong was administered his first dose of the vaccine by Dr Faisal Shuaib, Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Shortly after he took the vaccine, Nyong was presented with an electronic card that has a QR code.
According to Shuaib, the code contains the information of recipients of vaccines and is needed to verify details of such persons, especially for the purpose of travelling out of the country.