Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, has urged Nigerians not to allow conspiracy theories to prevent them from being administered the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mustapha made the plea after he and some members of the PTF were vaccinated publicly at a press briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.
The PTF Chairman, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), insisted that the country’s war against COVID-19 is not over, urging Nigerians to continue to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical guidelines.
He also advised Nigerians against dealing with unauthorised COVID-19 vaccine sellers.
He said: “Let me underscore at this point that in this war, we are all involved in this because nobody is safe until everybody is safe. Our ultimate objective is to vaccinate about 70 percent of our population which is about 200 million, between year 2021 and 2022.
“I wish to admonish Nigerians to remember that while vaccines offer great hope, it cannot on its own protect you completely. We must continue to observe the non-pharmaceutical measures earlier introduced. There is no doubt that their effectiveness will help to minimise the impact of the virus in Nigeria and our attitude must be NPIs + vaccines.
“The initial strategy, therefore, shall be sustained because we must continue to prevent, detect, isolate and treat. The war against COVID-19 is by no means over.
“Finally, let me restate that Nigerians should never allow vaccine hesitancy propagated through conspiracy theories sway you from the path of doing the right thing. Taking the vaccine will protect you, your loved ones and the entire community.
“I similarly wish to warn against patronising unauthorised vaccine peddlers. The only recognised safe and efficacious vaccines are those coming through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). We should remain vigilant.”
Other members of the PTF who were vaccinated include Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health; Lai Mohammed; Minister of Information; and Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Also vaccinated were Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); and Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).